Everything in modern filmmaking is making the transistion from analog to digital: sound, editing, visual effects, cinematography. And soon, maybe even our movie stars.
That’s how it looks in the new poster for “Transcendence,” the upcoming science fiction thriller with its roots in the real theories of how man and machine may someday come together. Depp plays Dr. Will Caster, a brilliant scientist working towards the singularity — or what he calls “transcendence” — where computers become so advanced they can perfectly replicate or even exceed the capacity of a human brain.
When an anti-technology activist shoots Dr. Caster to derail his research, his wife (Rebecca Hall) insists on making him the first subject of the experiment. But her efforts to keep his intelligence alive after his body dies creates a new and unpredictably dangerous form of life.
“Transcendence” marks the directorial debut of Wally Pfister, who is the Oscar-winning cinematographer of Christopher Nolan’s films “Inception,” “The Prestige” and “The Dark Knight” trilogy. And while his film takes place on the edge of the technological frontier, Pfister still prefers to do some things the old-fashioned way. Pfister has always insisted on shooting with film and not digital cameras.
“Transcendence” open[s on] April 18.