Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Encounters at the End of the World (2007) G - 4½ Stars

Now if you want to watch something that is totally cool, literally, and you can appreciate how insignificant the human race really is in comparison to mother nature, you will absolutely love this movie. It's breathtaking and a little peek into part of the world most will never see in their lifetimes. Werner Herzog, with his ironic humor in his commentary, takes a delve into the human psyche and allows us to visit places most have little knowledge of. It's not a National Geographic, look how pretty documentary, but a real feeling of connection to the opposite end of the world.

I was truly in awe at the living conditions and work being done by scientists that are drawn like a magnet to this world. It's not an action packed Jacques Cousteau and does take some time to lead into this isolated world, but I found myself just drawn in like a magnet as well. From experiencing life underwater against an iceberg, the Pink Floyd symphony of the seals, the eerie steam formed ice caves of the active volcano at Mt. Erebus and even the disoriented Penguin who will walk himself till death in the wrong direction because he is that sure of himself, the film makes you feel tiny.

Filmed entirely at the South Pole in the Antarctic community of McMurdo Station, located on Ross Island, at the headquarters of the National Science Foundation. Even the lessons on survival training, show just how rough it is for this men and women to live, work and call this place their home. Absolutely hauntingly stunning! Thank you Werner Herzog.

ThinkFilm, Image Entertainment
Director: Werner Herzog
Writer: Werner Herzog
Producers: Andrea Meditch, Henry Kaiser
I viewed 1/10

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