Watch Online: Spike Jonze's Wonderful Short Film 'I'm Here'
Remember that Spike Jonze directed short film that all of us were raving about from Sundance this year? Well, after a fairly short wait the film has arrived online in its entirety for your viewing pleasure. Titled I'm Here, the short is about two robots who fall in love, set in a world a bit different from our own. It's kind of hard to describe, but it's a wonderful film, one of the few shorts I've ever felt compelled by enough to feature on the site. Absolut (who financed the film) has put a cap on how many people can watch it, so you'll have to hit the official website at the right to see it, but I highly suggest checking it out. It truly is an amazing short!
I'm Here is written and directed by visionary filmmaker and artist Spike Jonze, of the films Adaptation, Being John Malkovich, and Where the Wild Things Are previously. This 31 minute short film stars British actor Andrew Garfield and actress Sienna Guillory, one of Maxim's 100 sexiest women. It was funded by Absolut Vodka as a promo for the liquor, but was also available for sale at the Sundance Film Festival. I'm not sure this will be arriving in theaters at all, but I hope it's eventually going to be available on DVD with some extra behind-the-scenes footage, because I'd love to see more from this. What did you think?
Above is the original marquee for the debut of the short film when it was first released. Watch online here.
Reader Feedback - 34 Comments
The website keeps asking me to download the latest flash version even though I already did it. I can't get into the site.
Dan W on Mar 19, 2010
@1 Same. But the picture look cool.
daniel felts on Mar 19, 2010
The site told me the 'theatre' is full and the next showing is in 47 minutes... The theatre is not full. They are just being jerks. So my next viewing will be... never.
Chris Rugen on Mar 19, 2010
boo, me too.
Richard on Mar 19, 2010
Lol, next viewing in 4 hours ... how not to launch something.
Fail on Mar 19, 2010
Next viewing in 2 hours and 47 minutes. As internet users are known for their patience this will be a huge success.
Jan Staelens on Mar 19, 2010
same problem here. shame. looked interesting.
Nick S. on Mar 19, 2010
For the last eight hours the timer has reset with an arbitrary time (between 1 and 4 hours) without ever reaching zero. It's either a hoax or incompetence.
Kurt Haeg on Mar 19, 2010
i caught a leaked version on youtube cut into three parts. the wuality wasn't so great but the film-beautiful. i know, shame on me for taking short cuts but it was AMAZING. i cried. like a baby. haha
Nick S. on Mar 19, 2010
The blatant product marketing puts me a bit off. "Live in an ABSOLUT world". WTF? I'm surprised an aritst would allow that in his work.
jman571 on Mar 19, 2010
i'm really frustrated with it, too! i signed up months ago AND stayed in tonight to watch it. it's not working, keeps saying 'next showing in 57 minutes'
diana on Mar 19, 2010
nope, agreed, i watched 10 minutes and then it froze. now i've tried to get on again and it's asking me to download and re-download flash player over and over. i'm over it, bummer, it's too full of bugs.
diana on Mar 19, 2010
Watched it earlier today on the Absolut website. Worked first try, it was amazing. What was even more amazing was watching the "Full" effect where I had to sign in through facebook and invite my friends to watch. It then plays a video clip of you walking into a theatre with your friends alongside with you (you can't see their faces but they have movie passes on with their Facebook profile image on them). As for the movie itself, superb!! Really quite a nice love story with a great look and feel and nice pace for a 30 min short. Not one mention of Absolut at all during the movie, which was great. Two thumbs Up.
Nem on Mar 19, 2010
Also not sure if this helps anyone out with their "bugs" but the whole "full experience" took a little while to load. Like about 5 minutes? If it gets stuck on a loading page, let it be. It'll show up
Nem on Mar 19, 2010
I must've been lucky, I watched it as soon as the website loaded. No wait or anything.
Garrett on Mar 19, 2010
I must have been lucky too because mine said five minutes when I first went there. I kept freshing the page and finally got in. I didn't choose the full effect with facebook and had no problems after that. All I have to say about the short is WOW! I love the haunting soundtrack that plays through out the film. Very touching story for a robot romance. I almost felt a tear welling up at the end. I haven't felt this much emotion for a robot movie since "no batteries included" or short circuit. 🙂
bryansays on Mar 19, 2010
This movie made me cry. It's the sweetest thing I've seen in some time.
JP on Mar 20, 2010
I though it was pretty cool, I wish more directors tried something like this, bite-size movies :D. To all the complainers, stop complaining, your getting a free film.
crimson on Mar 20, 2010
anyone else wish this was released on DVD? So much potential...
McQueen85 on Mar 20, 2010
Incredible love story. At first sight of this project I thought' "Ok here goes Spike Jonze with one of his weird stories." I was so wrong and so right. There is so much emotion and "human growth" packed into those quick 30 minutes that you become so engrossed into their world and do not want it to end. Spike Jonze makes these characters immediately recognizable from the first beats of the movie. Don't get me wrong, it is full of Spike Jonze strangeness, but it is beautiful, it is tender. I am not a huge fan of the whole Absolut sponsorship thing but I think that what we get to experience because of it is fantastic. I am glad that there was not even one mention of the sponsor in the film as that would have cheapened the experience. I hope that this opens the doors to other directors and film makers out there to show a different perspective on how a movie can be made and distributed. I sure hope that we do get to see a DVD with all the bells and whistles in it. It was . . . incredible. There is just no other way to put it.
thetylerw on Mar 20, 2010
Can't wait for the DVD as well. I would buy it in a heartbeat if it was available now.
bryansays on Mar 20, 2010
website told me 2 hours so thats how long i waited and it worked as soon i returned. It really was superbly done and very original...i actually got a little choked up
Dylan on Mar 20, 2010
if it keeps telling you to get flash you need to delete the cookies for imheremovie.com from your browser toolbar then go back to page
jessevr1 on Mar 20, 2010
You can start to see it form here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TQuzRCbpsY =) nice short... i cry too ..like a baby Bon Voyage my friends
Sakyo on Mar 20, 2010
YouTube saves the day. That website is Absolut crap. Wouldn't finish loading or something. The film was crazy. Not sure how I feel about the ending. That's love I guess. I would like to see a buddy cop movie set in this world.
Moviegimp on Mar 20, 2010
GO YOUTUBE!!!! I really enjoyed what Spike Jonze created!
Xerxex on Mar 20, 2010
Just be warned it is amazingly awkward, but in a good way.
Xerxex on Mar 20, 2010
Appreciate the link! Loading the second part now on YouTube. (Forget the Absolut site.) Thanks much!
randy on Mar 21, 2010
The Web site told me there were viewings left, but I couldn't watch because I'm not 21...though I do turn it in a few months. When I opened another internet browser and tried entering my husband's birthday, it came up with a notification with no words in the box? Anyway, thank goodness for youtube. I was getting quite frustrated. It's a beautiful film.
Cal Pal on Mar 21, 2010
The problem I have with this short is that there is no change in the protagonist. There is no transformation, and no character arc. Ultimately it is a simple, and predictable, portrait of a situation, beautifully and sensitively rendered, with a 'neat' device, but one-dimensional non-the-less. I think this is the reason why it is not as emotive as it might have been.
Ben on Mar 23, 2010
That could have been really gory if the protagonist were a human.
Duude on Mar 27, 2010
It's gone from YouTube. Anyway have a file of it maybe??? From what I have seen, it's great. I've tried watching it twice but it freezes halfway through on Absolut's website. The only way to wach it again is by starting from the beginning! Too bad it is off youtube. Where Can I see it without freezing? Does anyone have a file of it maybe???
Hans M. on Apr 24, 2010
What does everyone think about the Absolut sponsorship here?
Sam on Oct 7, 2010
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