Her (2013) – Can we really fall in love with our devices?

I am so happy that i sat down and watched this film. At first, I dreaded a perhaps over-milked love story made only ‘original’ by its clear connections with our modern technology.

But it wasn’t like that at all.

Her (2013), directed by Spike Jonze,  centers around Theodore as he goes through the stages of divorce. Working as a letter writer, his lonely world is turned upside down when he buys a new intelligence operating system, the OS1. Theodore, played by Joaquin Phoenix, finds himself falling in love with the voice behind the device, Samantha (kindly provided by the gorgeous Scarlett Johansson; who wouldn’t be taken in?).

Jonze presents us with a world seemingly far from our own, using technology and fashion that may seem alien and out-of-this-world to its viewers. Funnily enough, I could see that our social behavior is not so far away from making difficult connections with our online devices. Jonze sheds light on problems we have yet to face – how do we achieve intimacy with a machine? Can you really make a romantic relationship work? But, more importantly, it raised questions about how far away we actually are from such a dilemma. Most of us have met and formed relationships that have started out online. Of course we do this with the hope to meet the tangible human being behind the username. But what would happen if technology became sophisticated enough for us to fall in love with an object with a voice? Of course, until that day comes we can only speculate.

For now though, Jonze’s portrayal  serves as a vital and enigmatic visual representation. Her’s (2013) visually stylistic cinematography and gentle but stunning soundtrack gives a new and inspired dynamic to a tragic love story. The touching performances from both Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams take any clique that might have been in the way and instead; serve for a immersive watch.

You may never see Siri in the same way again.

Review: Prisoners

Prisoners, described by IMDb as a crime/thriller/drama, packs a violent punch as the newest film from director Denis Villeneuve (director of award winning Maelstrom (2000). Starring Hugh Jackman (Kelly Dover) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Detective Loci), the story follows Kelly Dover as he tries to come to terms with the disappearance of his 6-year-old daughter, Anna along with her friend, Joy. As Detective Loci (Jake Gyllenhaal) begins to question multiple suspects, Dover takes on his own form of investigation. Although the film begins with the presentation of the all-American rural life, dinner at a family friends and the nicely timed ‘downpour’ when the girls go missing, the film soon jumps into a moral and suspense driven thriller. Even with all the exciting elements of the genre, with the cat and mouse detective chase that will certainly keep the audience on the edge of their seats, Villeneuve elevates the story to another degree. Not only does Villeneuve push the boundaries of thriller into horror with some terrifyingly violent scenes, he leaves the audience talking well after the perpetrator has been caught. By raising the question of “how for would you go for your children?” and keeping the audience on  their toes with its constant twists and turns, this film successfully stands apart from other thriller movies.

Quote of the Day

“I have no idea to this day what those two Italian ladies were singing about. Truth is, I don’t want to know. Some things are best left unsaid. I’d like to think they were singing about something so beautiful, it can’t be expressed in words, and makes your heart ache because of it. I tell you, those voices soared higher and farther than anybody in a gray place dares to dream. It was like some beautiful bird flapped into our drab little cage and made those walls dissolve away, and for the briefest of moments, every last man in Shawshank felt free.” – The Shawshank Redemption