Rated: PG-13 for brief strong language and some thematic elements. Reviewed by: Jim Release date: August 26, 2016 Released by: Magnolia Pictures
New Werner Herzog documentary (he's been making, writing, and/or been in features for six decades) may not be his finest, original or coherent, separated into ten vignettes, some of which have an exquisite short feature quality about them.
The maker of Rescue Dawn, Grizzly Man, and Cave of Forgotten Dreams wonders if "the internet ever dreams of itself" in the strangely fascinating Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World. This preoccupation of a self-professed Luddite with a stern Teutonic accent puts the iconic filmmaker into a freeform look at what has desires, even a certain immortality with his amusing, sardonic, notably curious imprint that makes it all the more watchable.
The title comes from a UCLA to Stanford e-mail gone awry as Prof. Leonard Kleinrock, a computer scientist, offers some intriguing tidbits on the origins of an exponentially growing super information highway (known around two decades ago as The World Wide Web).
Also, visits with theorists of nothingness, Elon Musk, as well as prolific hacker Kevin Mitnick as the ups and downs like autonomous cars, planet colonization, 'hives' for treating illness and cyberattacks are discussed; as well as visiting robotic soccer participants, exemplifying where cyborgs are at, not to mention. Gamer addicts, pornography, and a grisly upload of a 2006 suicide that has left the California Catsouras family indelibly shattered with one member averring that the "internet is the devil."
Reveries, from Herzog's analog approach, lo and behold, invites the idiosyncratic and wondrous feel of what has transpires and what lies ahead, a cautionary, yet optimistic on the process hyperlinked with humanity as it's noted near a Chicago planetarium how saffron-clad monks are "tweeting and not praying."
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