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The Wild Blue Yonder

The Wild Blue Yonder

2005
Sci-fi
Documentary
1h 20m
The film follows a hypothetical proposition: a group of astronauts are circling the earth in a spacecraft, but they cannot return, as our planet has become uninhabitable. The cause of this remains open - all-out war, outbreak of a new disease beyond control, radiation after the complete disappearance of the ozone layer, or whatever. The crew of the spacecraft has to find a more hospitable place out there in space, and releases a probe from their cargo bay, Galileo. But Galileo - after sending back very disquieting data - has to be sent on a suicide mission. (Warner Herzog Filmproduktion)
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The Wild Blue Yonder

2005
Sci-fi
Documentary
1h 20m
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Rated 11 Nov 2013
36
28th
If you were going to make a Herzog parody he's already saved you the trouble with this, save for the lack of non-sequitor animals.
Rated 07 Feb 2007
59
16th
The underwater scenes, although they start to try your patience, ARE beautiful; however, the space shuttle clips are pointless and dull. It's a real chore to get through the first half of the movie and get to the underwater stuff, which in itself would probably be more interesting from a documentary viewpoint rather than within the confines of Dourif's hokey narrative. There's an ecological message underpinning the whole thing that doesn't really move me either.
Rated 05 Aug 2020
50
17th
People seem to see the music of this film as one of its redeeming qualities, but I found the way in which it strains to imbue a sense of mysticism into everything pretty grating. There are some nice moments, in particular the underwater footage and Brad Dourif, but some of what is shown simply isn't interesting and even that which is doesn't feel like it is actually being elevated at all by the film's form.
Rated 11 Oct 2009
3
45th
Humanity is insignificant in the grand scheme of nature. Even as someone fascinated with all things extra-terrestrial, I found the ideas here a bit thin. Extraordinary footage combined with awesome music - par for the course with Herzog - is more than enough to keep my attention, though. An interesting experiment, but I prefer Lessons of Darkness.
Rated 12 Dec 2008
65
44th
It's Herzog doing Science Fiction, what did you expect? I enjoyed the bit on chaotic transport, and Brad Dourif was great.
Rated 10 Jan 2012
24
25th
What happens when Werner Herzog gives a crazy homeless guy a fifth of dollar-store whiskey and an hour's worth of random early 90s NASA footage and tells him to narrate whatever the hell he wants? And what happens when you take the results and set them to violin-driven Middle-Eastern tribal droning, coupled with a title sequence that looks like it was done using the effects available in a pre-installed version of Home DVD Maker? I'm sure you've guessed by now.
Rated 15 Mar 2009
77
58th
Herzog doing sci-fi with stock-material fron NASA and some diving-clips under the ice. Weird, but it all works somehow.
Rated 06 Feb 2007
60
33rd
Kind of a chore at times, but I mostly enjoyed it. It would've benefitted from more screen time with Brad Dourif. The DVD is worth owning for the commentary by Herzog and Dourif (with Norman Hill mediating of course), and for the interviews.
Rated 19 Jul 2009
4
55th
The ultimate stoner flick.
Rated 12 Nov 2014
74
63rd
Fascinating, adventurous and beautifully hypnotic in Herzog kind of way but didn't completely work in my mind. Still unique, uncompromising and worth seeing for any cinefile.
Rated 25 Apr 2022
36
6th
I know Herzog prides himself on his aversion to storyboards. This one could have used a storyboard.
Rated 05 Oct 2013
66
32nd
65.500
Rated 31 Oct 2010
30
78th
"Thirty-four years after Aguirre: The Wrath of God, Werner Herzog remains enthralled by the marvelous, mysterious power of nature." - Nick Schager
Rated 17 Jan 2011
61
30th
61.250
Rated 04 Jul 2013
52
16th
Similar in many ways to Lessons of Darkness, but while Lessons was beautiful and engaging, this is tedious and dull. The biggest problem is that the footage is extremely repetitive and uninteresting. And it's not even Herzog's own. The underwater stuff is a bit more interesting than the NASA stuff, but not by much. Another problem I had with this is Brad Dourif. I like the guy, but man, he can really ham it up sometimes, and he's hammier here than I've ever seen him. Sorta got on my nerves.
Rated 10 Sep 2016
38
23rd
A waste of Brad Dourif. While advertised as a sort of sci-fi feature, what little plot this movie has is didactic and a rather lazy excuse to show lots and lots of voiceovered, decontextualized astronaut and diving footage, and a little bit of Martin Lo discussing the ITN (look it up). If you want to see underwater stuff you're much better off skipping to "Encounters at the End of the World".
Rated 19 May 2011
50
41st
Typical Herzog, mixing Nasa and earth's nature as a sci-fi documentary, accompanied with the characteristically Herzog nature wha-wha music. Weird stuff, but this time I was not as impressed as Herzog's other work.
Rated 23 Sep 2008
85
58th
Brad Dourif's narration and character doesn't always work, but the images themselves are so visually arresting that it's next to impossible to not at least be impressed with the film. Lyrical, poetic, practically religious.
Rated 12 Apr 2011
88
95th
GREAT idea. Never ceases to amaze...gettin Zoggy with it (nah, nah, nah, nah, nah-nah, nah!)

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