Nature’s rival Werner Herzog tackles the Internet in trailer for Lo and Behold — watch

The veteran filmmaker covers online's past, present, and possibly deadly future

Leonard Kleinrock

For decades, Werner Herzog has long felt that humanity’s most terrifying conflict is any war against mother nature. As he once argued, “In the face of the obscene, explicit malice of the jungle, which lacks only dinosaurs as punctuation, I feel like a half-finished, poorly expressed sentence in a cheap novel.” If you think that’s bad, you should hear his thoughts on chickens!

Well, he’s finally gone ahead and turned his focus on another natural presence in our lives — the Internet. His latest feature, Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World, tackles our must-have, go-to resource with a fever that’s akin to his strangest fixations in years past. After all, it was only a matter of time he went from rare albino crocodiles to America Online.

As Dominick Suzanne-Mayer wrote in his glowing Sundance review, “Lo and Behold is no Luddite’s screed. With Herzog’s signature mix of dry humor, searching interviews, and clean, clear assemblage, he simply takes our world at face value and uses the Internet to investigate the imperfections of the people who created it, innovate within it, and live it.”

Catch the trailer above and peruse the film’s official synopsis below:

Legendary master filmmaker Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams) examines the past, present and constantly evolving future of the Internet in Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World. Working with NETSCOUT, a world leader in-real time service assurance and cybersecurity, which came aboard as a producer and led him into a new world, Herzog conducted original interviews with cyberspace pioneers and prophets such as PayPal and Tesla co-founder Elon Musk, Internet protocol inventor Bob Kahn, and famed hacker Kevin Mitnick.

These provocative conversations reveal the ways in which the online world has transformed how virtually everything in the real world works, from business to education, space travel to healthcare, and the very heart of how we conduct our personal relationships. In the words of executive producer Jim McNiel, “It’s a journey even Werner, with his immense imagination and inquisitive mind, didn’t expect. Unless you have lived in the technology space, you don’t yet fully appreciate what dwells there.” Herzog adds: “It is one of the biggest revolutions we as humans are experiencing.”

Lo And Behold: Reveries Of The Connected World hits theaters and VOD on August 19th.