It's a fairly functional documentary by Herzog's standards but he still manages to inject some poetry into it. It is also clear that his scientist interviewees (with the exception of the terminally humourless Elon Musk) relish the prospect of talking to him. A decent, if unexceptional film.
The criticisms are fair, and then some. I felt bad for most of the subjects - bad that they were edited to look incoherent, bad that scientists were placed alongside someone calling the internet the antichrist. Its attempt to be all-encompassing renders it non-specific and aimless. Some smart folks, but no justice done to them.
It would be rivetting if it was produced 10 years ago. Today it feels like a distracted rehash of a bunch of very interesting internet articles. The cliché is that Herzog is always worth watching and the cliché is always true, but it makes us miss the more incisive and weird Herzog.
Herzog asks the big philosophical questions about the omnipresent internet that has consumed our lives so rapidly we forgot to question its impact and purpose. Why he is a genius filmmaker is he lets his subjects reveal more of themselves than they intended, often by simply not cutting or not speaking when others would. Overall its a real mix of hope & dread for the future, tech ability vs the horror of human nature
As idiosyncratic and absurdly beautiful as any of Herzog's later documentary works. Yes there are some silly moments, but they have that strange poetry about them that elevate them beyond perhaps expected naysaying of modern techonolgy and it's ways. As per every Herzogian adventure we find larger-than-life characters in the fringes of his subjects. These elevate the subject matter beyond simple fact telling.
As always I find Herzog's style pleasing. His genuine curiosity, thorough covering of the subject and ability to illuminate some unexpected perspective you hadn't thought of before as an actual problem -like the people suffering from wireless radiation- exemplify why. Overall it did feel a little incoherent though, possibly because it tries to cover too much material from diverse fields. A nice documentary.