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As Dr. Will Caster works toward his goal of creating an omniscient, sentient machine, a radical anti-technology organization fights to prevent him from establishing a world where computers can transcend the abilities of the human brain.

Release Year: 2014

Rating: 6.7/10 (1,673 voted)

Critic's Score: 43/100

Director: Wally Pfister

Stars: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman

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.

Johnny Depp - Will Caster
Rebecca Hall - Evelyn Caster
Paul Bettany - Max Waters
Cillian Murphy - Agent Buchanan
Kate Mara - Bree
Cole Hauser - Colonel Stevens
Morgan Freeman - Joseph Tagger
Clifton Collins Jr. - Martin
Cory Hardrict - Joel Edmund
Falk Hentschel - Bob
Josh Stewart - Paul
Luce Rains - Roger
Fernando Chien - Heng
Steven Liu - Chiu
Xander Berkeley - Dr. Thomas Casey

Taglines: What if a new intelligence was born?


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Country: UK, China, USA

Language: English

Release Date: 18 April 2014

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

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Ewan McGregor and Tom Hardy were considered for the role of Max but both turned it down due to scheduling conflicts. See more »


User Review


Rating: 8/10

This film will most likely split down the middle because of it's religious tones of God and evolution. Some people will love it and some will hate it because it might go against their belief system.

For movie purposes, it has great acting, great story (though some may feel it's a little too far fetched, which I personally don't think is too far fetched when you see what the world was like 10 years ago before the mainstream web), and pretty good action scenes.

At the heart, it's a story about a woman, Evelyn, who loves her husband, Will, so much she tries to hold onto him by helping him save his consciousness. She begins to wrestle with whether this being is really Will or is something new. It's also about evolution and the line between humanity and evolving into something more. This movie might be a turn off for religious people but it does make you think of what humanity could become whether you're religious or not.

Overall, it's a great movie that's enjoyable, thought provoking, challenges some beliefs, and foreshadows some future realities we will all have to soon deal with.

I would say go see it!


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