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.
Director(s): Wally Pfister
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  3 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
119 min


They say there's power in Boston.

Some phone service in Denver.

But things are far

from what they were.

Maybe it was all inevitable.

An unavoidable collision between

mankind and technology.

The Internet was meant to make

the world a smaller place.

But it actually feels

smaller without it.

I knew Will and Evelyn

Caster better than anyone.

I knew their brilliance.

Their dedication to

what they believed in.

And to what they loved.

The time has come for us to pause

And think of living as it was

Into the future we must cross

Must cross

I'm not sure what the point is.

Copper shields the

electromagnetic radiation.

Yeah, I know how it works.

I'm asking "Why?"


Nothing gets through.

No signals of any kind.

- You see? Dead zone. Nothing.

- Uh-huh.

Sure, but you could

just turn it off.

Yeah, but fewer distractions is

what you wanted, right? Isn't it?

Yeah. That's what I wanted.

- Come on. We'll be late.

- For what?

- Hey, you know what?

- What?

I really think I'm starting

to make progress on this.

Hey. You need to get dressed.

I don't know why you

bother with these proofs.

Only three people in

the world even care.

Because it's fun.

- You sure you're up for this?

- No. Not remotely.

Really? Will, it's important.

I know, but your donors are fools.

They sit there in a daze, waiting for

me to say "commercial application."

It kills me.

Well, the "fools" there today could

fund us for the next five years.

Then I suppose in that case I

have every reason to behave.


But if this goes well, please

you have to promise me

that I'll never have

to do this ever again.

- Never. Promise.

- Okay, I promise.

- Really?

- Sure, I promise.

Ha, ha. You're lying.

Happy birthday, dear Erin

Happy birthday to you

Jason. Other side of the stage.

You'll do a camera and

sound check together.

You'll do the first block,

followed by McRae, Llewellyn.

- And, ah, then the main event.

- Max.

- Ev, how are you?

- Good.

- Ready to sing for your supper?

- I'm sorry to put you through it.

Dr. Caster? Sorry. Would you mind?

Sure thing.


You have groupies?

Why don't I get groupies?

Excuse me. Dr. Waters, would

you like to do a run-through?

- Yes. I'll see you backstage.

- All right.

...Important distinction.

This created brain

is self-sustaining.

And it's capable of

emotional expressivity...

and of self-awareness.

The effort to develop a strong

artificial intelligence...

has led to significant advancements

in the field of neural engineering...

as well as our understanding

of the human brain.

But while some focus on the still-distant

dream of a thinking computer...

I believe the journey...

to be more important

than the destination.

My priority is to use my

colleagues' accidental insights...

to develop new methods for the

early detection of cancer...

and in the hopes of finding

a cure fer Alzheimer's.

Simply put, to save lives.

"A new type of thinking

is essential...

if mankind is to survive and

move toward higher levels."

Albert Einstein said that

more than 50 years ago.

And it couldn't be more

relevant than it is today.

Intelligent machines

will soon allow us...

to conquer our most

intractable challenges.

Not merely to cure disease, but

to end poverty and hunger.

To heal the planet.

And build a better

future for all of us.

I don't know anybody who is doing

more to make that future a reality...

than our next speaker. But then

again, I'm probably biased.

Please welcome my partner

in science and in life...

Dr. Will Caster.

Thank you very much.

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