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Living in the world of developing AI, we are seeing more movies like this one pop up. Imagine if Siri had a baby with the film Her and you get a story of a man obsessing over AI he created and the downfall of preferring it to his wife, or the real deal.

Joe Larsen (Martin Starr) is borderline antisocial and graphs everything in his life, including his propensity for panic attacks. Joe works for a tech. company that is tasked with building an automated operator to interact with end users that call into a healthcare provider. The company is looking for a very specific voice. One that has compassion and empathy. Joe’s job is to build this automated system. After enlisting the help of his wife who, Emily (Mae Whitman) who has the right voice the project, Joe finds himself drifting further away from Emily and falling for his artificially created Emily who is not, in his mind imperfect. On the other hand Emily, is a budding actor/comedian and is finding that her new form of expression is not only freeing, but gives her an outlet to voice her frustrations about her failing marriage.

This film has some really touching and funny moments, even in the dysfunctional struggle Joe experiences with his obsession with artificial Emily. It punctures a fear that has been a laden concept for years. What if AI takes over? In this film, it’s a different kind of takeover, on an emotional level that is self-inflicted by Joe, versus how we typically think of AI taking over.

The only thing that wasn’t completely believable in Operator is the relationship between Joe and Emily. Complete opposite personalities, I don’t buy that Emily would not only date, but would marry Joe.

There are definitely some neat graphics and effects to show Joe’s graphs on a spectrum of emotions. The writing/directing is really great as well. Very organic characters on their own with very real things to say.

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