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Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World

 (165)IMDb 7.01h 38min2016PG-13 Oscar®-nominated documentarian Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams) chronicles the virtual world. He leads viewers on a journey that reveals the ways the online world has transformed how virtually everything in the real world works.
Director
Werner Herzog
Starring
Elon Musk, Dr. Robert Kahn, Kevin Mitnick
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Documentary
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English [CC]
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Producers
Werner Herzog, Rupert Maconick
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Magnolia Pictures
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The Wayward Critic 4.0 out of 5 stars rather a series of glimpses of its effect on a variety of people—for better and for worse Reviewed in the United States on August 30, 2016Verified Purchase A collection of snapshots of the effect technology has or may have on humanity, from the birth of the internet, artificial intelligence and even life in space, Lo and Behold is refreshingly not a chronological document of the web itself, rather a series of glimpses of its effect on a variety of people—for better and for worse. In ten diverse segments, Herzog lingers on a family who endured devastating viral coverage of their daughters’ horrible death; young people in a shelter for internet addicts; a group of people who suffer from exposure to cell phone and radio wave signals; confessions of one of the world’s most revered hackers and the ease with which he could get information; and revealing interviews with more famous figures such as inventor Elon Musk and cosmologist Lawrence Krauss.

Like his past critically acclaimed documentaries such as Grizzly Man and Encounters at the End of the World, this is not a comprehensive look at its subject; Herzog is no luddite, though he famously shuns cell phones, and he takes no sides in the debate over whether or not the internet has been good or bad for humanity. There is oddly detached poetry in Herzog’s approach to his films, underscored by his distinct narrative presence. The insights given by his chosen subjects are at times provocative, and here he goads some into wondering aloud whether the internet could, perhaps, dream of itself.

It’s a gorgeous film to behold (cinematographer Peter Zeitlinger finds rich, deep color and contrast), and Herzog’s voice has, like Morgan Freeman’s or Peter Coyote’s, become a calming and mindful guide to his subjects. A prolific filmmaker himself and the subject of an award-winning documentary (Les Blank’s The Burden of Dreams, about Herzog’s madness and turmoil on the set of his brilliant film Fitzcarraldo), Herzog is a master of holding the frame a beat or two longer than is comfortable for the average viewer or the interviewee.

It’s all too easy to take the internet for granted, and it’s also been easy to take avant-garde, prolific filmmakers like Herzog for granted; Lo and Behold is a good remedy for both oversights. In limited release in select cities; thankfully, it is also available via video on demand at amazon. Well worth the $6.99.

CLICHES: Herzog continues to be at the top of filmmakers who defy cliché.
SURPRISES: Not even a mention of pornography, which certainly takes up a huge swath of the influence of the internet. One drawn-out scene watching a walking robot serve a glass of lemonade is eerie, beautiful, and terrifying all at once. 8 people found this helpful Helpful Comment Report abuse Snappy X 3.0 out of 5 stars Unfocused but provocative documentary Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2016Verified Purchase Not one of the director's best - too much "reverie" not enough "thesis" - but worth checking out because of it's Herzogian idiosyncracies. The LO part, with Leonard Kleinrock, is inspiring. The BEHOLD part, with a family haunted by anonymously-sent photos of their dead daughter, gives one pause - are we, as a culture, ready for the unceasing waves of future shocks that inventions like the Internet cause? It seems doubtful. Lawrence Krauss proves once again that he is a compelling and humanistic thinker in one of the best interviews in the film. 2 people found this helpful Helpful Comment Report abuse Grelber37 4.0 out of 5 stars Planned to watch half tonight; watched the whole thing Reviewed in the United States on October 1, 2016Verified Purchase Werner Herzog brings us this year Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World. This documentary will appeal to the analytical- and theoretical-minded viewer. The internet is the topic. The movie is a variegated compendium of information and discussion during the presentation of which a viewer never gets bored. Granted, LB has two possible faults. The film has a pessimistic bias about technology's effects, and the film strays into the wildly (and possibly implausible) speculative in its last half-hour. Otherwise, LB provides an outstanding history lesson, quick primers of many sophisticated discussions, rich food for thought, insight into our current zeitgeist, and even useful computer tips. Documentary fans should behold this smart genre contribution. One person found this helpful Helpful Comment Report abuse Joshua R 3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but lacking in a unique and cohesive narrative Reviewed in the United States on September 27, 2016Verified Purchase This film has gotten a lot of praise, but I was a little disappointed in it. While trying to be a 3 act play about the pros and cons of the internet, the flow always seemed a bit disjointed and it lost me quite a few times. It the ended (spoilers) talking bizarrely about solar flares and the danger they pose. In any case, I didn't think it ended up being the great meditative exploration of the internet it claims to be. 2 people found this helpful Helpful Comment Report abuse Mr. Shin 5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended for computer history buffs. Reviewed in the United States on July 6, 2020Verified Purchase They actually interview the very people that were there when the first computer to computer connection was made all those decades ago. Incredible and accurate telling of the rise of Internet technology and also a perspective those that can do without the connected world. Helpful Comment Report abuse Marjorie E. Miller 1.0 out of 5 stars Depressing Reviewed in the United States on February 5, 2020Verified Purchase Wish I had never seen this. Just glad I am 70; I don't think I want to be around to see how this plays out. But, with 5G satellites being launched as I write this, I am worried, not just for myself, but for generations to come. Helpful Comment Report abuse Maureen L. O'Connell 4.0 out of 5 stars The Web we weave... Reviewed in the United States on September 9, 2016Verified Purchase A documentary that follows tangents like an Internet search. Fascinating and quirky, and Herzog himself quite humorous. Still digesting my own reaction to a family who should have elicited empathy for both their personal tragedy and the hateful trolls who targeted them, but who pushed my own snark buttons. So much to ponder in this film, and its humans...which is the real story of technology, of course. 2 people found this helpful Helpful Comment Report abuse Manuel A. Huerta 4.0 out of 5 stars it is still a solid documentary that I highly recommend. The film definitely makes one contemplate where our ... Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2016Verified Purchase I'm a big fan of Herzog. Even though Lo and Behold doesn't achieve the same kind of seamless storytelling that many of his other films certainly do, it is still a solid documentary that I highly recommend. The film definitely makes one contemplate where our Internet technology is leading us and what calamities potentially await us since we so heavily rely on it. One person found this helpful Helpful Comment Report abuse See all reviews from the United States

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Translate all reviews to English Brainrotrodeo 5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent take on the perils of IT and Artificial Intelligence Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 30, 2017Verified Purchase Living legend, director Werner Herzog is back again with another feature film-length documentary, this time focusing on the interconnected and more-or-less disconnected modern-day human interactions. Excellent take on the perils of IT and Artificial Intelligence. The documentary might be a bit distressing for some viewers when considering the heavy-duty topics, but then again, that's life. A definite must-watch for all fans of W.Herzog's films! One person found this helpful Helpful Sending feedback...Thank you for your feedback. Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again Report abuse J Weanie 4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 2, 2017Verified Purchase I've watched this twice already and will happily watch it again. It's a fascinating account of the world of computers and how technology affects our lives - positive and negative. The production and writing is quirky and covers so many differing views by various experts. Great watch - very thought provoking. One person found this helpful Helpful Sending feedback...Thank you for your feedback. Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again Report abuse Vivek K. Sarawgi 5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Herzog is the real star. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 7, 2017Verified Purchase This is an exceptional documentary. It tells you where we are and where we are going. Mr Herzog's calm presentation is just wonderful. It is thought provoking and entertaining. You still have to do some reading to understand the new developments. Excellent. That is all I have to say. Helpful Sending feedback...Thank you for your feedback. Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again Report abuse CONTINENTAL OP 5.0 out of 5 stars Good Herzog Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 10, 2018Verified Purchase Yuh Helpful Sending feedback...Thank you for your feedback. Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again Report abuse Mr. Easy 2.0 out of 5 stars Not great Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 29, 2018Verified Purchase I didn't like this at all, found it boring. Helpful Sending feedback...Thank you for your feedback. Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again Report abuse
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Buona visione e grazie Herzog! Helpful Sending feedback...Thank you for your feedback. Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again Report abuse Translate review to English Amazon Customer 5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, unbiased, important, unbelievable. Reviewed in Canada on February 3, 2017Verified Purchase A must watch for every human being 👌🏻 Helpful Sending feedback...Thank you for your feedback. Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again Report abuse MR N SAMMS 2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 8, 2017Verified Purchase Dull and boring Helpful Sending feedback...Thank you for your feedback. Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again Report abuse
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