Transcendence: Watch the enigmatic teaser for Johnny Depp's new movie
We know the sci-fi thriller boasts a stellar cast. We just have no idea what it's about.

You could be forgiven for mistaking Transcendence, Johnny Depp's upcoming sci-fi thriller, for a spin-off of the Matrix franchise. The monologue in this brief teaser, which is delivered by Depp, could have come straight out of the Wachowskis' playbook:

For 130,000 years, our capacity for reason has remained unchanged. The combined intellect of the neuroscientists, engineers, mathematicians, pales in comparison to even the most basic A.I. Once online a sentient machine will quickly overcome the limits of biology. In a short time, its analytical power will be greater than the collective intelligence of every person born in the history of the world. Some scientists refer to this as the singularity. I call it transcendence.

Hey, that's the name of the movie! This enigmatic teaser for Transcendence gives us virtually nothing about the film's story, but it's wearing its philosophical underpinnings on its sleeve. Fortunately, we do know a little bit more about Transcendence, which boasts a truly stellar cast: Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Morgan Freeman, Kate Mara, and Cillian Murphy. Most intriguingly, Transcendence is the directorial debut of famed cinematographer Wally Pfister, who cut his teeth on the Dark Knight trilogy and won an Oscar for his work on Inception. Transcendence is clearly aiming for similarly brainy sci-fi thrills, but this teaser doesn't give us much to go on. Will the movie live up to its lofty pedigree? We'll find out when Transcendence hits theaters next April.

Scott Meslow is the entertainment editor and film and television critic for He has written about film and television at publications including The AtlanticPOLITICO Magazine, and Vulture.


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