Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

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Werner Herzog‘s exploration of the Internet and the connected world.

Werner Herzog’s latest documentary is a tantalising venture into the world of the internet and technological advancements as a whole, exploring how our lives have changed and will change further over the next few years. Over the course of a 90 minute runtime, Herzog covers a wide range of topics, from the birth of the internet to robotics, to entrepreneurs attempting to lead the human race on a pathway to forming colonies on other planets. It’s frequently insightful and the philosophical musings pose interesting questions for the audience to consider.

The format of the film mainly takes in face to face interviews with Herzog questioning a variety of people from entrepreneurs to scientists to security analysts, and for the most part this works well. Herzog has a gift for coaxing insight from his interview subjects and his curiosity is compelling, whilst his genuine enthusiasm for the subject matter comes through and helps to elevate some of the less interesting detours. That is the main problem the documentary has, in that it often feels like too much is packed in, with ten segments crammed into the running time and not all of them feel as ‘valuable’ as the others. It does also feel like a bit of a whistle stop tour across a range of different subjects loosely connected by the central theme, and the documentary does lack a certain focus as a result.

That being said, Herzog is a great narrator and interviewer with one of the best voices in the business and his willingness to learn and childlike giddiness at some of the technology is very charming. This helps to raise the audience’s interest levels and ‘Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World’ is interesting and entertaining, even through some of the weaker segments, and fans of Herzog’s previous documentaries will find much to enjoy here.

Rating: 3/5

Directed By: Werner Herzog

Starring: Werner Herzog, Elon Musk, Lawrence Krauss, Sebastian Thrun, Lucianna Walkowicz and Kevin Mitnick


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