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A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly-purchased operating system that's designed to meet his every need.

Starring:
Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 6 minutes
Starring Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson
Director Spike Jonze
Genres Comedy, Romance
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 23 June 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 6 minutes
Starring Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson
Director Spike Jonze
Genres Comedy, Romance
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 23 June 2014
Main languages English
Subtitles English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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Format: DVD
This is an exceptional film set in the near future which explores the nature of human relationships in a world increasingly dominated by technology. I hesitate to label it a SF film since the level of technology used is only slightly advanced to that in use today. Joaquin Phoenix gives a superbly subtle and understated performance as Theodore Twombly, a melancholy man grieving for the failure of his marriage. Unable or unwilling to start another relationship he purchases a talking operating system with artificial intelligence (Samantha) designed to adapt and evolve, and much to his delight and surprise begins to connect with the programme. The conversations between man and machine have a Woody Allen-esque feel and as their relationship develops Theodore begins to attain a level of self-awareness which is almost cathartic in nature. The storytelling is beautifully paced with a wry humour running through it, laced with a tender sadness. The thoughtful intelligent ending is both beguiling and intriguing as we are left to contemplate what our brave new virtual and human worlds may look like in the future.
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Spoiler alert meter: 3/10

Set in the not too distant future, Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix, well known for Brother Bear) is a lonely writer looking for love. He's been through a divorce with his wife, Catherine (Rooney Mara, well known for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and things have been becoming worse. Theodore is becoming more isolated day after day, nobody to turn to. After seeing an advertising campaign, Theodore decided to buy a ground-breaking operating system - here we meet Samantha (Scarlett Johansson, well known for Lucy), the voice-only technological assistant who has a very different way of looking at the world. He quickly bonds with this OS as it slowly starts to shape his life and who he is today...

Please note: Whilst watching the movie, I cried. I've never cried in a movie ever before, the screenplay and dialogue are truly phenomenal - this film deserves way more recognition and awards than it got. I would recommend anyone to go and see this and I hope you feel the same way I did after the movie, speechless (I even clapped at my TV because I thought it was that good.).

Overall Rating 9.5/10. Here's why?

+Great Screenplay
+They've defined the next generation of SF movies
+Joaquin Phoenix definitely stands out in this movie
-Not for everyone. But for me, this is jaw-dropping.
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Format: DVD
This is the first time I've ever written a review for a movie, but I felt the urge to write about this film. Yes, the story is slow, but it is utterly consuming from start to finish, and to anyone who has felt alone in their life or sought company via technology, for example chat rooms, forums etc, I think on some level you will be able to relate to this movie. Theodore is in a state of melancholy after his wife has left him, he is distraught and alone and uses technology to seek any sort of human interaction. On a whim, Theodore purchases an OS which is essentially an AI. They develop a relationship and almost instantly this interaction with Samantha (the OS) brings joy and spontaneity back to Theodores life, which he has been missing for a long time. This movie explores the joy and heartache which comes about due to this unorthodox relationship. I found the movie completely mesmerising from start to finish, it may not be the type of movie you would watch frequently, but it is the sort of movie you must watch at least once in a life time, and experience it's compelling and thought provoking story.
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This film is amazing, it's been a long time that I have seen such a brilliant film. It's so weird, in a very good way, as the story is something, I personally, have not seen before. I don't want to write down the story as many do as I feel this film can't be done justice with a paragraph of writing as it's one of those films where you can't capture the magic when people ask "What's it about?", all I've said to friends who've asked me about the plot is "Watch it" because it's just amazing. The futuristic setting, the dreamy music, amazing imagery and brilliant acting make this a beautiful film which I'll love for many years. In a way it reminded me of Blade Runner, another film that I adore.

I have seen a few reviews of people saying it was "boring" and "Over-hyped" is obviously someone's opinion which they of course are allowed to have but I totally disagree, I feel it's a one of a kind film that shouldn't be missed and for a film I'd never ever heard of until my girlfriend put it on Netflix as an off chance, it's pretty spectacular.
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Format: DVD
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Directed by Spike Jonze (Adaptation, Being John Malkovich), 'Her' is a timely post-modern love story set in the not too distant future.

This is Jonze's first film written and directed completely from his own original script; and testament to his talent it is perhaps his best to date. The film is quite simply sumptuous in its entirety. But this is no single handed achievement for it also represents Joaquin Phoenix's (The Master, Walk the Line) most personal performance too. All set to a backdrop of vivid colour (Hoyte Van Hoytema, Cinematography) and delicate audio (Owen Pallett, Soundtrack).

Thematically the film is concerned with technology, specifically it's development and intrusion into our daily lives and habits. It can be said that (in a move that is already apparent in today's world) this technology is contradictorily disconnecting us from our actual lives culminating in isolation and loneliness. And yet our innate yearning for spiritual connection persists.

Intimately portrayed by Phoenix, 'Theodore' has made most of his journey already allowing the film to dedicate its time to his relationship with his new operating system, 'OS1', affectionately personified by Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation).
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