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Lo and Behold: Reveries of a Connected World: Review
If the title of the film itself didn’t give it away this indeed is a Werner Herzog film. Herzog intercuts his usual techniques of heavenly scores coupled together with his interview subjects providing a glimpse into Herzog’s philosophical mind. Lo and Behold doesn’t provide any new information regarding the age of the interrnet that we live in. That’s not its goal however. Lo and Behold is merely an examination into the theories of how such a technology has changed our lives for the better or worst and where it can lead us down the road. It interviews the pioneers of the internet as well as those who desperately had to escape current society living their lives as hermits because of radiation sickness from the electronic waves that the internet transmits into the atmosphere on a consistent basis.
Like most of Herzog’s work he dives into this project without the intention of giving his viewers solutions nor structure. Lo and Behold is an existential film regarding our reliance on technologies importance in the universe between now and the future. Its questions range from can we survive in a society without the internet? What will civilization be like decades from now? Can machines love? Would it be safe for machines to love? The most common type of queries that could be found in the works of a Phillip K. Dick novel. Herzog decides to drift his film into theory uninterested in providing elucidation contributing an overall enjoyable if not very profound picture. This time Herzog’s desire for making a film without much preparation presents itself too heavily where its drift in philosophy doesn’t lead the film to any sort of consensus regarding its broad ranging topic at hand. It just seemed like a flick where the director pointed the camera, interviewed some people and attempted to cut something that resembles a moderately interesting film.
One could argue the word “Reverie” is within the title itself meaning there is no rhyme or reason to its messy structure but rather a simple collection of interlaced apprehensions. Herzog’s standard narrative path of “shoot first ask questions later” leads the picture into a standstill at times stumbling over its own fascination in opposition to how it fascinates its audience. Luckily Herzog’s usual ambiguity proves itself victorious where we witness the overall insecurity we collectively feel with the internet’s tight grip on our everyday lives leaving the film ending with the radiation poisoned recluses perhaps living the most free lives of all the subjects of the documentary within the walls of their own prison.
FINAL RATING: GOOD