Posted by Jill Boniske aka Arty Chick on August 18, 2016
Anyone who knows me knows I am a HUGE Werner Herzog fan. So when we went to AFI DOCS and could only get one ticket to the Guggenheim Symposium, where Werner would be interviewed and show his new documentary, I was thrilled to be the one to go. The interview was wonderful, and Herr Herzog did not disappoint in his storytelling laced with wry jokes. But the film? Sadly, I was not blown away. The film is essentially a primer on the Internet, its history, its promise, its dangers, its future. It is told in chapters, some interesting, some no so much, with titles like, “The Glory of the Net” and “The Internet of Me.” As the title suggests, it is Herzog’s musings and we are along for the ride.
Mostly it is interviews with people in some way connected with the Internet. There are historians, people who were there at the inception of the net, a community who live unconnected because they are super sensitive to wifi, others who are in Internet addiction rehab, cyberbullying victims, people who are keeping the web secure, and also the world’s greatest hacker. There are also a few bits about robots, though I am not sure how they are Internet related. And there’s an interview with Elon Musk.
I think my disappointment was mainly about the lack of Herzogian wit. There are a couple of places that he gets in a line or two, but mostly it is a straight forward doc. It is worth seeing, though not necessarily in a movie theater. Wait for it on Netflix or HBO.