A movie does not need to have a massive fight sequence created in CGI and 50 explosions every 5 mins to enjoy a good story. Sometimes I feel today blockbusters are 120 min of just bang, boom and explode. Not that I’m saying I don’t enjoy them, I do. Just take the last incarnation of Superman “Man Of Steel” I wish there was some more story to it but I LOVED the movie. They blow up everything from the city to the moon and back and it was great to really see Superman unleash his power like that.
But as much as I can love and enjoy a film like Man of steel, spiderman and transformers, there is always the other side of me that wants more of just a good film, a good story and have it filmed great. The movie “HER” just hit iTunes this morning and I got up early to sit back and see it. I wanted to see this in the theaters but I just never got around to it.
This is a simple yet complex story of a man who is lost in his own world that find him self falling in love with this new girl in his life, Samantha. I know you have heard it before bla bla. But this is a new take on something I think man kind is heading for. Samantha (played by Scarlett Johansson) is an Operating system, OS1. OS1 is a fully working artificial intelligence that is alive, learning, loving, and living in Theodore’s (Joaguin Phoenix) Computer and phone. Samantha is not like the dumb ass SIRI we have on our iPhones. Samantha lives and learns just like us. She is seeing the world for the first time through the camera phone, she is learning to feel, she can’t understand how she feels, she just knows she feels it.
As you watch this movie, you kind of forget at points that she’s not real, as if she’s just a girl on the phone talking to you, laughing with you, enjoying intimate moments and feeling sad with you. She hears the tone of enjoyment and sadness in Theodore’s voice. Does that really some like a computer to you?
This movie was beautiful to watch. Kind of had an indie cinematic look to it. very natural and I love that about it. But it also makes you think about where our future maybe heading. If something can act, think, learn, listen, answer, love and share with you, is it not real? I share a love with a non human every day and I have had a relation ship with this little 10 pound creature for 10 years now. He looks at me, I see he thinks, shares his feelings with me and asks for nothing but love. Buts not Human, he’s a dog. What if that was a computer? a computer that was more like you? that can hang out with you and your friends? intelligence that can see you and share in every moment with you and grows with you?
This is something this movie really makes you think about. Could you have a relationship with a artificial intelligence, At what point will we blur the lines so much that AI will be the same or better the Real Life. When will it come a time that humans are just code developed in a lab and grown? Will that be the day we can say “well, we are all Artificial Intelligence.
If you think it’s a bit crazy and so far in the future and no one will ever talk to their computer of phones, pick up your iPhone, say Hi Siri, ask her how she’s doing today, ask her is she has seen any movies lately. Look at you now! sharing a moment with the girl on your phone. You know you’ve done it.
Give this movie a go and think about. Would you have a relationship with an OS.
This is really a great movie and you should hit up iTunes and see it.
Jon Santos : Rock Life Studios