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Into Eternity (2011)



Average Rating: 8.1/10
Critic Reviews: 10
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Onkalo (Finnish for "hiding place") is under construction: it's a cavernous world of tunnels and corridors, a permanent storage facility for nuclear waste, meant to last 100,000 years (that's 20 times as long as the pyramids have so far). Conceptual artist Michael Madsen's film is a creepy, eerily elegant meditation on human folly, punctuated by philosophical and historical references, that asks: how do you keep 3,000 future generations from inadvertently opening this Pandora's Box? Should


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Into Eternity is a documentary that may look like a science fiction movie, but it ends up more of a horror film.

June 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Madsen, whose symmetrical compositions and slo-mo shots of uniformed workers have a quality of Kubrickian sci-fi, frames the film as a message to the future.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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In a deceptively low-key manner, Danish filmmaker Michael Madsen has beautifully crafted one of the most provocative movies of the year.

May 26, 2011 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Directed by Danish filmmaker Michael Madsen with grace and deep curiosity, "Into Eternity" is better than timely.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Into Eternity provides few solutions regarding the estimated 200,000 to 300,000 tons of N-waste lying around the world, but it does alert us to potentially devastating consequences. Will we heed the warning?

February 7, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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More like a troubling dream, or outtakes from an abandoned David Lynch project, than a conventional documentary.

February 4, 2011 Full Review Source:
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Madsen's ominous work is reminiscent, stylistically, of Kubrick's masterworks 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and The Shining (1980) in its visual precision and chilly environs.

October 11, 2011 Full Review Source:

Into Eternity may be the most honest, as well as the most beautiful, documentary you've ever seen.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Playback:stl

Finland leads in storing nuclear waste, and what a long strange trip it will be

March 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
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Watching the film is akin to having a totally immersive, video game-like experience, a journey best described as Lord of the Rings meets 2001: A Space Odyssey.

February 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

This film is about your legacy. If you want to see the future, you want to see this film.

February 4, 2011 Full Review Source:

Part instructional video, part existential head-trip

February 3, 2011 Full Review Source:

Transcending agitprop, this disturbing documentary gets to the heart of the question of civilization and its discontents.

February 2, 2011 Full Review Source:

The story of a nuclear-waste repository designed to last 100,000 years becomes a haunting rumination on time, language, civilization and folly.

February 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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The film reaches way beyond the usual activist crowd by making itself as formally compelling as it is tightly argued.

January 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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As a film, it's extremely mannered. And truly sobering.

November 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Formally exacting and sonically immersive, Madsen's approach is so hypnotic you emerge as if roused from a troubling dream.

November 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
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Audience Reviews for Into Eternity

"Into Eternity" is a thought provoking documentary about the excavation of Onkalo, a nuclear waste disposal site buried 500 meters into bedrock in northern Finland. Since it is hopefully meant to last 100,000 years, a lot of thought is given to whether or not some warning should be left. If so, what kind?(Of course, warnings did no good at the pyramids while archaeologists stumble over artifacts everyday.) The documentary takes testimony from officials, along with the lucky guy who gets to blow stuff up for a living.

Aside from speculation about the future which is always good nerdy fun, what "Into Eternity" does well is deliver a very subtle anti-nuclear power message, just beneath all of the debate. Onkalo is just one facility that will take 100 years to be built, just to store Finland's nuclear waste for a century. And then you have the amount of nuclear waste in the world today which is about 250,000 tons that has to be disposed of safely, so there will have to be many other sites like Onkalo which could conceivably be time bombs for people thousands of years in the future.

And if anybody is reading this in the year 100,000, I am so unbelievably sorry about "Jersey Shore." I have no idea what we were all thinking.
February 8, 2011
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