Werner Herzog, born in 1942, is a screenwriter, director, producer and actor. He produced and directed over 50 movies and he appeared as an actor in some of them. In the last years, the German director Werner Herzog was focused on documentaries.
His new film, “Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World” (2016), fits in this last category, trying to alert the world of the possible dangers of the Internet, especially when improperly used, but also mentioning the benefits and huge technological developments of one of the most amazing discoveries of the last century.
The film, divided into ten chapters, concludes that in the future the Internet propagation will grow out of control and urges its users to establish their own limits to avoid becoming fully dependent on it.
Besides presenting a few bold futuristic theories that include expanding the Internet to Mars and set up intergalactic communications, “Lo and Behold” tries to work as an eye-opener in regard to the threats associated with the colossal network.
The cases mentioned are quite disturbing: a few guys who became ill due to an enormous sensitivity to wireless signals, others who became so addicted to video games that their lives were practically destroyed, and also Kevin Mitnick, who decided to live a cunning life and become a malicious hacker. He was sentenced to five years in prison for several computer and communications-related crimes. He appears in the film, and tells us his story.
Herzog also tackles the possible problems that may appear if a solar explosion destroys human communication. Solar flares will reduce the world to flood and famine if they knock out all connectivity. It is hard to know how much of this futuristic stuff to believe.
In conclusion, this documentary it is rich in information about life around us. I recommend it to all of viewers; it will be worth every second of your life.