A computer with a female voice - I would kill for that. The next 30 mins, to me, was the best part in the movie. The 'honeymoon' phase as Joaquin Phoenix recalls in the latter half of the movie. The story is set out in a fictional world (even though the skyline and the people seem real) where people talk to their operating systems and establish an emotional bond with them. A world where people communicate through letters but let the computers take care of the mundane job of penning down their thoughts. The world which is colorful (going by the overall color scheme of the movie) yet depressing.
In one particular scene where Joaquin wakes out of his slumber, looks through the window facing the beautiful-well-lit skyline and turns on his computer to have a conversation with Samantha (The OS). From the outside, it might seem that the world has everything. Beautiful bedrooms with a breathtaking view of the city's skyline, sparking wooden floors, colorful offices, computers to take care of the mundane chores. In spite of all these he doesn't have people around him to talk to. Does this set up seem all too familiar? Is there a subtle message somewhere?
In another, Samantha (The OS) lets her imagination run wild and comes up with an idea of misplaced body parts. No. No. Wait. She is so smart that she even comes up with a drawing in which the armpit has the butt hole. Joaquin, who is on the verge of a divorce feels lighter than air. At that moment, it didn't seem weird at all. It was so convincing that it made me feel that it's possible to have a fun relationship with a machine.
- Why only the men in the city are shown to be having relationships with their earpieces? Although, Amy Adams (who plays Joaquin's friend) talks about a colleague who is 'allegedly' having a clandestine affair with her friend's OS.
- When Samantha leaves Joaquin, he reaches out to Amy. They both go to the terrace, holding each other and gaze at the sunset and the movie ends on that note. Does this emphasize the importance of a human touch? I kind'a felt that the scene was left unfinished. I would have loved to see Joaquin and Amy together.
Note: This is not a review :)