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Into the Inferno

Directed by Werner Herzog
United States, 2016


An exploration of active volcanoes around world.

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Into the Inferno Directed by Werner Herzog
Fact, fiction and whatever lies in between are a means to extoll this fundamental quandary: the ephemeralness of the human experience and awe that it even exists. To watch one of Herzog’s films is to enter into a state of madness, the only reasonable response to the world portrayed on the other side of the director’s camera, an extension of his own perception.
November 10, 2016
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Herzog’s voiceover and his choice of music—heavy on the sacred and the Wagnerian—dominate, but Oppenheimer’s analytic approach grounds the director’s romanticism. Unlike Herzog, whose focus is the individual, Oppenheimer is interested in social structures, the belief systems and myths that provide stability—or the illusion thereof—to societies that live with the memory and the anticipation of nature at its most cataclysmic.
November 04, 2016
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Herzog speaks with the Olympian contempt of a volcano god himself, or the contempt of a filmmaker who knows that we caviling critics, scurrying roaches as we are, can say what we like—the unstoppable flow of Herzog’s increasingly self-parodic discourse rolls on, conquering all in its wake, and people will still pay to hear it.
October 28, 2016
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  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film Into the Inferno

    ***1/2. Once you've understood that Werner Herzog is not a scientist nor an ethnologist nor a filmmaker but simply a humanist and maybe the last one of his kind, you'll be ready to explore his filmography that's one of the most impressive of our time. Strongly recommended.

  • Skinnedteen's rating of the film Into the Inferno

    Watched this to fall asleep to Herzog's narration and aesthetically pleasing visuals, but instead I was wide awake and interested on how he captured spiritual, mythological and scientific research behind these deadly volcanos. He's interested in the people who are so interested in it and this gives a humanistic quality to Nature documentaries.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Into the Inferno

    The unfocused globe trotting takes away from the end result despite some indelible images along the way. Herzog is somewhat removed from the subject matter this time both in narration and screen time and the film feels all the less for this change. If the film had focused more on one subject, North Korea or Iceland for example, it may have been more satisfying.

  • Jason's rating of the film Into the Inferno

    So many undeniable riches here, so much room for pacified awe, that I don't really feel compelled to dwell on faults (primarily based in evanescent wishywashyness). Also: after being so resolutely embarrassed for our fearless Bavarian foot soldier in the wake of his terrible webosphere doc, this is obviously a real treat. My favourite Herzog since Encounters at the End of the World, upon which it doubles back.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Into the Inferno

    Herzog being Herzog, but also letting someone else be the face of his film. There are passages of awe/provocation worthy of the legendary director, but it also shows his tendency for diffusion. That is, it reaches a point where it feels like he traveled the world, filmed various things that interested him, and strung them together in a vaguely connected way. But no fan should skip it.

  • HenriqueA's rating of the film Into the Inferno

    Well, this is all over the fucking place. Like aaaall over the place. And it is still worth because I've obviously never been let down by Herzog, but it stuns way more than it engages and that's the sign of a second tier Herzog filmography. It's not sloppy and it's not for a lack of effort, but goddamn, by the end of it I just wanted him to focus on one subject at a time and turn it into four or five different films.

  • Renton47's rating of the film Into the Inferno

    Easy to forget how much a great guerrilla film maker like Herzog embraces or evolves with technology. He updates both a subject (volcanoes) and character (Oppenheimer) from previous films to sumptuous effect, now being able to inhabit the inferno with adequate awe. Not a successful integration of the science the superstition and the rogue state, but each individual component is Herzog at his best.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film Into the Inferno

    An extension to 'La Soufrière' rather than a definitive doc on volcanoes (complete with Herzog's daredevil filmmaking nous). The geographical context lends weight to the grandiose and haunting majesty of nature's wildest landmarks. It is a curiosity watch rather than one which challenges our notions of civilisation. For profound accounts of indigenous culture, see Fricke's 'Baraka' and 'Samsara'.

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