*”It’s like an oxymoron.”
Josh Stewart stars alongside Johnny Depp in the new science thriller, “Transcendence” (opening Friday). The $100 million film explores several different future-tech questions. Among them is whether or not; technology separates us or brings us together.
Depp plays an artificial-intelligence researcher who has spent his career trying to create a sentient computer that combines the world’s collective intelligence and human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists, who will do whatever it takes to stop him. But in their attempt, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed—to be a participant in his own “Transcendence.”
“I really don’t pay much attention to things like Twitter because technology can be like a gun,” Depp told USA Today. “The gun itself isn’t a good or bad thing, it’s what people do with it.”
“Everyone has a smartphone,” said Freeman to USA Today. “I also have a computer. My car is a computer. My plane is a computer. But the chemistry of life itself is not being considered in this whole equation. Like looking into the eyes of a beautiful woman and falling in love. What happens if your consciousness were uploaded? If you no longer have the chemistry of life itself, then what do you have?”
“Transcendence” marks the feature film directorial debut of Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister (“Inception,” “Dark Knight”).
“Technology does a little bit of both,” expressed Pfister. “It connects me to my friends and at the same time it distracts me. It’s a love, hate relationship.”
“Transcendence” opens nationwide April 18th.