Movie review of “Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World”: Werner Herzog’s chatty, mostly fascinating talkathon about the impact of the internet. Rating: 3 stars out of 4.
Werner Herzog’s chatty, mostly fascinating contribution to this year’s Seattle International Film Festival was this talkathon featuring several of the world’s gabbiest prophets.
The full title, “Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World,” is pure, over-the-top Herzog: simultaneously an embrace of fresh internet technology and an attempt to suggest a mythical dimension.
Using that breathless, inquisitive voice of his to draw out experts in several fields, Herzog talks to victims of internet addiction, well-known hackers, creators of elaborate games, potential suicides and predictors of online Armageddon. Self-driving cars and autonomous robots are also part of the picture.
Movie Review ★★★
‘Lo and Behold, Reveries of a Connected World,’ a documentary compiled by Werner Herzog. 98 minutes. Not rated; for mature audiences (contains brief profanity). SIFF Cinema Uptown.
One of the hackers spent years in jail and talks eloquently about the experience. His interview is blended with a security analyst who says more than he apparently intended. Neither seems hopeful about the World Wide Web’s future.
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“The Dark Side” is the title of one of the chapters. Herzog considers several dystopian possibilities.
Richard Wagner is heard on the soundtrack, and so is Elvis Presley’s “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” — an echo of talk about a mission to Mars that seems unlikely to succeed. More credible is a solar flare in Earth’s future that could wipe out the technology we depend on.
Sometimes reminiscent of the philosophical types in “Mindwalk” and “My Dinner with Andre,” the talkers cover a wide range of categories, with the occasional crackpot theory taking up brief stretches of time.