Friday, January 3, 2014
The movie "Her" offers an interesting variation of the AI genre (imdb). Director Spike Jonze, who also wrote the script, tells about a lonely man who fells in love with an intelligent operating system, called "Samantha" (with the voice of Scarlett Johansson).
I don´t really believe in love between a man and a software. I don´t think that a operating system is really a feminine being, a "her". You can not touch, smell and taste it. Dating an operating system is pathetic. But I enjoyed the film anyway. There are so many ideas about a possible (near) future, that could inspire the whole science fiction genre. I was fascinated by the extreme speed how the AI ("her") was "thinking" and learning, using the almost infinite knowledge of the cloud (access to a global network of computers). I was impressed how fast the AI advanced and progressed, changing its identity.
The cinematography displayed a realistic and believable near future. You can see a technology which is often an extrapolation of already existing gadgets like iPad, Siri (vice responding software), game consoles & TV controlled by hand gestures, 3d projections. And Spike Jonzes merged the skylines of Lost Angeles and Shanghai to a fascinating cityscape. In contrast to the popular dystopian movies you can see a pleasant and wealthy future, a world I would like to inhabit and maybe will sometimes.
"Her" is an entertaining glance into a possible future even with a not really convincing love story.