Transcendence is a 2014 science fiction action thriller film directed by cinematographer Wally Pfister in his directorial debut, and written by Jack Paglen. The English-language co-production stars Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Cole Hauser and Morgan Freeman. Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is a scientist motivated by curiosity about the nature of consciousness and sentience, including artificial intelligence. Being part of a team working to create a sentient computer, he predicts that such a computer will create a technological singularity, or in his words "Transcendence". His wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall), whom he loves deeply, supports his efforts and joins him in their garden around which he has erected copper mesh (effectively creating a Faraday cage) to block electromagnetic radiation. However, the extremist group "Revolutionary Independence From Technology" (R.I.F.T.) has one of their members shoot Will with a polonium laced bullet and carry out a series of synchronized attacks on AI laboratories across the country. Will is given no more than a month to live.