LO AND BE­HOLD: REVER­IES OF THE CON­NECTED WORLD

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( Werner Her­zog, U. S.). 98 min­utes. Rat­ing: NNN Given his fre­quently ex­pressed hos­til­ity to na­ture, it comes as a sur­prise that

Werner Her­zog is just as mis­trust­ful of the in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy that’s sup­posed to lift us out of the nat­u­ral world.

But that’s what we learn in this film, in which the Bavar­ian film­maker ex­plores the ef­fect of the in­ter­net on hu­man com­mu­ni­ca­tion and quickly con­cludes we’re all doomed.

Grimly warn­ing us of hack­ers, AI and state-spon­sored cy­ber­crime, Her­zog turns into every­one’s grumpy un­cle on Face­book, fret­ting about how, thanks to our re­liance on cen­tral­ized ship­ping, Amer­ica’s food sup­ply is only ever two brownouts away from to­tal col­lapse. ( The film was pro­duced by NetS­cout Sys­tems, an “ap­pli­ca­tion and network per­for­mance man­age­ment” com­pany, which might ex­plain that an­gle.)

En­ter­tain­ing, but not ex­actly il­lu­mi­nat­ing. NW Apr 28, 9:45 pm, TIFF 1; Apr 29, 1 pm, Bloor Hot Docs

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