Right now, as you’re reading this, 'Transcendence' is playing at a multiplex somewhere within driving distance of where you live. Johnny Depp ('The Astronaut’s Wife') stars as a man who becomes a computer – transcends, if you will – as he explores the limits (or lack of limits) of his newfound power. Here, we answer every question that you could possibly have about 'Transcendence.'
When I was a young man and the Internet was new, I made the same joke every time I dialed-up and heard those dissonant, scratchy tones. “Chhhhhhh-CHHHHHH-Chhhhhh” my modem would bray, and as soon as there was silence I'd turn to whomever was in the room and conspiratorially say, "all right, we're in."
'Transcendence,' the first feature film directed by Christopher Nolan's longtime cinematographer Wally Pfister, is two straight hours of that “all right, we're in,” with (slightly) updated peripherals. Featuring more technobabble than a middling episode of 'Star Trek: Voyager,' Rebecca Hall and Johnny Depp star as husband and wife computer geniuses who, along with artificial intelligence labs across the country, are attacked by a band of “neo-Luddite” terrorists.
'Transcendence' is starting to look like it'll have something for everyone. For some, it's the exciting directorial debut of Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister (the man behind the camera for most of Christopher Nolan's films). For others, it's the next Johnny Depp movie. For those still not interested, maybe the casting of the lovely Rebecca Hall will sweeten the deal.
Though he's already got a following for his titular role in BBC's version of 'Sherlock' -- yes, based on Mr. Holmes -- Benedict Cumberbatch is about to enter the mainstream with his work as the villain (currently named John Harrison) in 'Star Trek Into Darkness.' But for those looking to get ahead of the curve, you can see him this February in the HBO miniseries 'Parade's End.' And now there's a teaser.
Based solely on its premise, 'The Awakening' looks like a pretty standard horror film, a tale of Woman Visits Haunted Academy, Haunted Academy Terrifies Woman. Then you notice the cast, which includes tremendous talents like Rebecca Hall, Dominic West and Imelda Staunton. Then you watch the trailer, which is simply dripping with atmosphere and dread. Yep, it looks like we'll have to keep an eye on 'The Awakening.'
Last we reported, 2011's "It Girl" Jessica Chastain was the leading contender for the sexy scientist role in 'Iron Man 3,' but then passed. Which opened the door to a new round of casting (and casting rumors). Well, the film has made an offer to another actress, and it's Rebecca Hall, the female lead in 'The Town.'