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[Core Screenings] 16 April 2014, 9pm: TRANSCENDENCE

What A terminally ill scientist downloads his mind into a computer. This grants him power beyond his wildest dreams, and soon he becomes unstoppable. This science-fiction film is the directorial debut of Wally Pfister, the Oscar-winning cinematographer of Christopher Nolan's MEMENTO (2000), INSOMNIA (2002), BATMAN BEGINS (2005), THE PRESTIGE (2006), THE DARK KNIGHT (2008), INCEPTION (2010) and THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012).
When 16 April 2014 (Wednesday), 9:00pm, registration from 8:30pm (Hall 1 & 2)
Where Golden Village Marina
Marina Square Shopping Mall
5A Raffles Avenue #03/04-01
Marina Leisureplex
Singapore 039801
Admission

Admission for SFS Members and Reel membership card holders only -- flash your card to enter. You are welcome to bring up to 2 guests if you hold  the SFS Reel membership card

Non-members may sign up 
at the door (cash only, exact change appreciated) -- we will issue membership on the spot. No tickets will be sold. Free seating.

 

TRANSCENDENCE

Dir. Wally Pfister

2014 | USA | 119min | DCP | PG

Cast:  Johnny Depp, Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Cillian Murphy

Synopsis:  Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions.  

His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him.

However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed — to be a participant in his own transcendence.  For his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max Waters (Paul Bettany), both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can… but if they should.

Their worst fears are realized as Will’s thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown.  The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.

Programmer's Note:  (Eternality Tan, Programming Manager of Singapore Film Society, & Film Blogger at @Filmnomenon)

After being involved in every Christopher Nolan picture since MEMENTO (2000), cinematographer Wally Pfister's directorial debut TRANSCENDENCE is something to look forward to.  

It is no surprise that Pfister has chosen a science-fiction movie as his first outing as a director.  His previous works on camera, particularly in INCEPTION (2010), was astonishing, capturing not only the beauty of the imagery, but also the scale befitting of an intellectual sci-fi blockbuster.  

TRANSCENDENCE's premise is exciting, dealing with themes of artificial intelligence, the boundaries between human and technology (or lack thereof), and its social, political and even ethical implications.  

With Johnny Depp headlining Pfister's film (and finally not appearing in a Tim Burton or a 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movie), there is a tense expectation whether Depp could pull off a hit after the box-office failure of Gore Verbinski's THE LONE RANGER (2013).  

Opening in theaters in late April, an original sci-fi picture like TRANSCENDENCE ought to be greeted with delight by film enthusiasts before the familiar sight of superhero movie sequels take the cinemas by storm.