Saturday, July 26, 2008

Encounters at the End of the World

Movie review from The Movie Snob. Who else is going to see this movie?

Encounters at the End of the World (B-). German filmmaker Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man) takes his camera crew to the bottom of the planet: Antarctica. He was drawn there by some underwater footage he had seen, and it's easy to see why. The ocean under the ice is a weird place, with the ice for sky overhead and a desolate sea floor littered with clams and starfish. And he has some nice shots of a giant Texas-sized iceberg and an active volcano called Mount Erebus. But most of the film is about the collection of scientists and assorted misfits who live on Antarctica, studying seals or penguins or whatever, or working in the machine shop at the biggest settlement, or whatever. As one character says, if you're not tied to anything anywhere else in the world, eventually you fall down to the South Pole. Interesting documentary, but I wouldn't say a great one.


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