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Naqoyqatsi (Naqoyqatsi: Life as War) (2002)

Naqoyqatsi (Naqoyqatsi: Life as War)



Critic Consensus: The weakest film in Reggio's trilogy.

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Filmmaker, philosopher and activist Godfrey Reggio completes the film trilogy he began with Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi in this visually striking examination of the impact of technology upon our culture. Naqoyqatsi is a word from the Hopi language which roughly translates as "war as a way of life" or "a life of killing each other," and in this film Reggio uses a intense barrage of images - most of which have been drawn from existing film footage and then altered using a variety of optical and digital techniques - to express his belief that technology is no longer at war with nature. Instead, we have allowed technology to become the "nature" in which we live, and as it stretches our physical and emotional environment in new and troubling directions, we have created for ourselves a world of greater chaos, violence, and confusion. As with his previous features in this trilogy, Naqoyqatsi features an original score by Philip Glass, featuring cello solos by Yo-Yo Ma; director Steven Soderbergh, a noted admirer of Reggio's first two films, served as executive producer.more
Rating: PG (for violent and disturbing images, and for brief nudity)
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Godfrey Reggio, Philip Glass
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 24, 2003
Miramax Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Naqoyqatsi (Naqoyqatsi: Life as War)

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (22)

If the message seems more facile than the earlier films, the images have such a terrible beauty you may not care.

Full Review… | May 28, 2003
Top Critic

At its best, Naqoyqatsi awakens the eyes, but it doesn't really do much to tweak the conscience. It's difficult to feel a sense of outrage while you're in a trance.

February 14, 2003
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

If you open yourself up to Mr. Reggio's theory of this imagery as the movie's set ... it can impart an almost visceral sense of dislocation and change.

Full Review… | January 30, 2003
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Filmmaking at its purest and most visceral.

Full Review… | November 15, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Pretentious, ponderous and redundant."

November 15, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Feels like a bloated mass of data without much coherence.

Full Review… | November 8, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Audience Reviews for Naqoyqatsi (Naqoyqatsi: Life as War)


The final film in the trilogy, but it sort of suffers from the rule of diminishing returns, and the addition of computer graphics this time around sort of put me off completely.



The third installment in Godfrey Reggio's visual montage trilogy. The computer generated imagery makes it more nuanced than the previous two.

W. Williams

The most pointless shit! What a waste of film. 1 1/2 hours of an experimental director fidgeting with his new video camera as if it were his dick, attempting all sorts of exposure and lenses and tints, both cheap and mesmerizing out of chance (More often cheap than mesmerizing). If you're going to make your didactic anti-war statement, don't provide pointless shit. The film makes you feel like a spectating alien who's seeing the human race, with an emphasis on technology and anatomy. But if this director thinks this is a legitimate statement "describing" belligerence among humans, he's lots to learn!

Richard Cranium

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