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      Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World

      PG-13 Released Aug 19, 2016 1h 38m Documentary TRAILER for Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World: Trailer 2 List Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World: Trailer 2 Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World: Trailer 2 2:25 View more videos
      92% Tomatometer 144 Reviews 68% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings Filmmaker Werner Herzog examines the past, present and future of the Internet and how it affects human interaction and modern society. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Jun 01 Buy Now

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      Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World finds Werner Herzog bringing his distinctive documentarian gifts to bear on a timely topic with typically thought-provoking results.

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      Adam Nayman Vice Lo and Behold seems to be stoking fears that our tools are evolving beyond our capacity to control them, which offers an intriguing twist on his usual theme of the indifference of nature. Jul 9, 2018 Full Review David Stratton The Australian As with many Herzog films the results are complex, endlessly fascinating, sometimes disturbing and often weird. Rated: 3.5/5 Feb 17, 2017 Full Review Dan Jolin Empire Magazine A lesser Werner, but still worth dipping your brain into. Rated: 3/5 Nov 2, 2016 Full Review Aaron Boalick Vague Visages It is Herzog’s simultaneous exhibition of curiosity, awe, and irreverence in the face of the digitally connected world that makes Lo and Behold a unique treatment of its subject that is not to be missed. Dec 1, 2023 Full Review Vadim Rizov Filmmaker Magazine ...a purely bathetic argument, with Herzog’s off-screen questions coming off as those of a very clumsy leading prosecutor... Jan 18, 2023 Full Review Brian Eggert Deep Focus Review Herzog's humanist approach to the documentary asks a lot of questions, and instead of providing answers, he invokes a desire to discuss these ideas on our own. Rated: 3.5/4 Apr 11, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Loved this film. Need more like it! This was part of my 'future of humanity' documentary binge this week, after watching films like Transcendent Man and The Future of Work and Death. Lo and Behold was my favourite, Herzog's commentary is unmatched. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review ant d I was expecting more, but it was somewhat boring. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member My issue with this documentary is that it tries to cover so much that moments feel like a shuffle playlist instead of a best of compilation Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member The Werner Herzog documentary has certain well-known features: importantly, the director narrates these films in his inimitable German accent, often appearing or at least conducting interviews from an offscreen space (as he does here). His early docos often focused on visionary (or slightly cracked) individuals single-mindedly pursuing their dreams but since Encounters at the End of the World (2007), he has often cast his net more widely, choosing topics because of their intrinsic interest and then riffing on them. He likes to go beyond the accountant's truth to get at something more "ecstatic" which might sometimes be more poetic than strictly-speaking truthful. That may have been the aim here in this wide-ranging review of the effects of the internet on human life, but things feel a bit looser and less focused (even for Herzog). The film is broken into ten parts that use interviews with different people (some, like Elon Musk, may fit the mold of Herzog's earlier protagonists) who have something to do with the cause and effects of the internet. We are treated to brief but often stimulating discussions of: the start of the internet; the negative effects of trolling; the ways that the internet could still allow us to communicate on Mars (cue Musk); the future of artificial intelligence (and robot soccer teams); driverless cars; what would happen if solar flares disrupted the internet; the negative impact of hackers; the possible use of internet disruption and hacking in warfare (cold or otherwise); gamifying the cure for cancer; and so on. Directly after the film, I felt it was a bit of a mess - but a lot of the content has stuck with me and generated new and different thoughts about the world and its fragility (mostly). So, it must be a success, and particularly by Herzog's standards. But I also felt rather depressed about just how little I know about the world and the way that the internet has grown fundamental to it. I'm not a luddite but I had hoped somehow that trying to keep things simple would mean keeping them safer and easier for me and my family. But things have just moved too far and too fast in recent years. Hell, I'm old. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member A fun collection of items, but there's no storyline. Although it is at some times thought-provoking, overall there was not as much for me to learn or think about as the movie claims there would be. Overall, I did not feel like I learned or felt something while watching it. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member The good parts are extremely compelling, but it's not always good. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Filmmaker Werner Herzog examines the past, present and future of the Internet and how it affects human interaction and modern society.
      Director
      Werner Herzog
      Producer
      Dave Arnold, Jim McNiel, David D. Moore, Tennille Teague
      Screenwriter
      Werner Herzog
      Distributor
      Magnolia Pictures
      Production Co
      Saville Productions, Magnolia Pictures
      Rating
      PG-13 (Some Thematic Elements|Brief Strong Language)
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 19, 2016, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 23, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $594.5K
      Runtime
      1h 38m
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