Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with HAL 9000 in eerie Her trailer recut

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Feb 14, 2014, 6:00 PM EST (Updated)

If you thought Spike Jonze's sci-fi love story Her was strange before, wait'll you see what it looks like with a very different computer voice.

Jonze's story of a lonely writer (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with his highly sophisticated, self-aware operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) was one of the most acclaimed films of 2013, and easily one of the year's most fascinating cinematic experiences. The chemistry at the heart of the film, between Phoenix and Johansson, made Her's unconventional romance plausible and even moving, but what if Johansson hadn't been the voice on the other end of that relationship? What if, instead, the voice was that of one of the most famous sci-fi computers of all time?

Jim Casey recently recut one of the trailers for Her and replaced Johansson's character Samantha with snippets from Douglas Rain's iconic performance as the supercomputer HAL 9000 from Stanley Kubrick's classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. Strangely, many of HAL's lines actually do match Phoenix's Her dialogue, and the result is a love story between an enthusiastic and newly invigorated human man and a very creepy computer voice. It's just too bad Phoenix's character's name is Theodore and not Dave -- then things could really get romantic.

Check out the trailer recut below.

(Via The Playlist)