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Director : Spike Jonze
Year Of Release : 2013
Principal Cast : Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johannson, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Chris Pratt, Matt Letscher, Portia Doubleday, Voices of Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Soko, Brian Cox, Spike Jonze.
Approx Running Time : 125 Minutes
Synopsis: In the near future, a name falls in love with his sentient computer Operating System, Samantha.
What we think : As with most Spike Jonze films, Her is uniquely visual, ethereal and (often) weird – in a good way. The film seems rather trepidatious, almost timid, in its tone, although both Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams do a lot to give this story a voice. Scarlett Johannson, who replaced Samantha Morton as the voice of Samantha (?), is sexy and cool, imbuing a sentient computer with passion and, ironically, more life than Phoenix’s withdrawn and placid Theodore. It’s not for everyone, but it’s worth a look.
Somewhere, Bill Gates is planning this out.
I don’t think I’ve ever fallen in love with my personal computer. At least, not with the machine itself, although the same cannot be said for the… ahem, material I’ve viewed on it. Human/machine relationships have (weirdly) long been a staple of the science fiction realm, from television shows such as Star Trek, to movies like Electric Dreams, the concept of a human loving a machine, or a machine a human, is something filmmakers and storytellers have explored for years. Not that a machine/human relationship could ever truly be consummated like an all human one, but whoever said all sci-fi had to be realistic. Her, a semi-sci-fi film from Spike Jonze, delves deeper into this conundrum in a way that almost, kinda makes sense, considering we’re not far from sentient computers now. Consider Apple’s ubiquitous Siri, a forerunner to film-fantasy computer AI simulations, was given a sexy female voice by the conglomerate. Siri understands almost all human commands and words (although she’s not perfect) and for those she does not, offers some suggestions in their place. How long until Siri, or her inevitable upgrade, becomes fully self-aware, a learning AI system that can not only mimic human interactivity, but respond with depth, feeling and emotion? Her offers us a glimpse into this world.