Artificial intelligence evolves in intense new trailer for Transcendence

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Feb 12, 2014, 9:48 AM EST

A new Transcendence trailer is here, and it definitely plays up the film's thriller elements.

We're now a little more than two months away from the release of what looks to be a very ambitious sci-fi directorial debut from Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister (Inception), and as we roll toward the release date, the film's marketing campaign is giving us a closer look at some of its more intense elements, namely what happens when an artificial intelligence truly becomes smarter and stronger than any human.

In case you hadn't heard much about the film yet, a quick synopsis: Johnny Depp stars as Dr. Will Caster, a researcher who's heavily pushing the idea of "Transcendence," the term he's given to designing and activating an AI that would quickly overcome all human intelligence in history. Caster's team, which includes his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and his best friend Max (Paul Bettany), tout Transcendence as a chance for amazing new technological breakthroughs that would be achieved with the help of the AI's superior intelligence. 

But not everyone is enthusiastic about the theory, most notably a group known as Revolutionary Independence From Technology (RIFT), an anti-tech extremist group that stages an attack on Caster's lab and on Caster himself, shooting him with a radioactive bullet that will kill him in months. Desperate to save her husband and further his work, Evelyn decides to upload Caster's consciousness into his AI system, but the consequences of her actions could be disastrous.

The film looks to be a cross between contemplative drama about the future of humanity as we know it and breakneck techno thriller about an experiment gone wrong, and the new trailer from Warner Bros. definitely highlights the latter. Check it out below, and see what happens when an AI becomes so powerful that a single computer mainframe can't contain it anymore.

Transcendence  also stars Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy and Kate Mara. It his theaters April 18.

(Via YouTube)