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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

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  • 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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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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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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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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Charming, intelligent, thought provoking film about love between a man and his computer operating system, set in the near future when the first truly conscious, independently thinking, computer operating systems are launched onto the market.

Raises many questions that we may well have to confront within some of our lifetimes, such as how a relationship between a conscious, thinking computer and a human being could work, given the vastly different speeds at which they could think and communicate.

The man is played by the very able and versatile actor Joaquin Phoenix, here seen with a moustache, so not immediately recognisable as the same person who played the very different characters of the Emperor Commodus in ‘Gladiator’ or Country & Western singer Johnny Cash in ‘Walk the Line’.

Officially, second billing on the cast list is given to Amy Adams (also hard to recognise from some of her previous roles, having blonde hair here), an actress whom I like and who is fine here, although this is not her best ever performance.

However, the real star and the heart of the film, who surely should have had an Oscar for this, is not seen on screen at all (nor, sadly, in the mostly slightly disappointing DVD extras). It is Scarlett Johansson, who voices the computer in a way that is charming and (at least to me) quite believable that someone might fall in love with, even if the relationship could not be consummated in a conventional sense.

I cannot say too much about the plot without giving things away, except that there are several twists and surprises towards the end, but this is a really good film, and stands up to viewing again.
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