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Man vs. Computer: Hollywood’s Long History of Distrusting Technology

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Hollywood has rarely had much faith in the future.

Just look at the sheer number of cinematic dystopias and post-apocalypses, at the deadly desert wastelands and rain-soaked urban nightmares. In the movies, tomorrow is not just another day, it's just another step toward a world where technology consumes us and then kills us. According to the world of film, the human race is constantly on the path to being enslaved and murdered by the machines we create.

Although Hollywood's stance on the evils of technology has softened in recent years, 'Transcendence' is a throwback to a different age, when computers were not just terrifying unknowns, they were pretty much Satan. It's a position that may seem silly in our modern, tech-infused culture, but it's another chapter in the long history of technology trying to dominate humanity on the big screen.

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Will ‘Transcendence’ Cause You To Transcend? (And 24 Other Urgent Questions)

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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.'

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‘Transcendence’ Review

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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.

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‘Transcendence’ Evolves With Six New Clips

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We're just a couple of weeks away from the unveiling of 'Transcendence,' Wally Pfister's directorial debut, and if you're not excited enough about it, Warner Bros. has just released six -- count 'em, six! -- clips from the new sci-fi film. We have officially reached peak promotion. 

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‘Transcendence’ Trailer: Johnny Depp Battles Luddites

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Though covering much of the same ground as the first one, the latest 'Transcendence' trailer plays up the role of the terrorists (headed by Kate Mara) who are looking to stop people like Johnny Depp from achieving the singularity. It seems as thought it's meant to show that this science-fiction film is going to have action alongside its heady ideas.

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‘Transcendence’ Poster: Johnny Depp Is Ready to Upload

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Warner Bros. is ramping up promotion for its Johnny Depp-led sci-fi film with the release of the first 'Transcendence' poster, and by the looks of it, one would think the 'Lone Ranger' star was headlining a reboot of 'Elysium' or an 'Elysium'-'Matrix' crossover movie.

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Our Most Anticipated Movies of 2014!

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2013 is so very close to done. Just a few more minutes in the oven, but keep the fork ready.

Do we, the obsessed movie watchers of the ScreenCrush community, take a break? Heck no! January brings the Sundance Film Festival and then we dive right back into a big year of with some really big movies

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‘Transcendence’ Trailer: Johnny Depp Becomes One With the Machine

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The first trailer for 'Transcendence' has landed -- which stars Johnny Depp and is directed by Wally Pfister -- and it's familiar but fascinating. The film is a thriller about the possible dangers of the singularity, or at least the singularity fronted by Johnny Depp.

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‘Transcendence’ Trailer: Johnny Depp Achieves a Higher Intelligence

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The first 'Transcendence' trailer for Wally Pfister's directorial debut has debuted online, and while it doesn't reveal anything in terms of actual footage from the film, it does go leaps and bounds in pegging its star Johnny Depp as ... The Matrix?

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‘Transcendence’ First Look: It’s Johnny Depp 2.0

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'Transcendence,' the directorial debut of Wally Pfister, has been shrouded in mystery since production began with stars Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall and Morgan Freeman. But as we enter the new year, Warner Bros. has come to release a detailed story synopsis for this latest sci-fi film, accompanied by the first-look photos of Depp and his co-stars.

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