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The Wild Blue Yonder

The Wild Blue Yonder (2005)

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 5

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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

Nov 14, 2006

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A scientific context is offered by interviews with researchers expounding modes of intergalactic travel, but the real pleasures are in the organic beauty of deep spaces and the ambiguous position of the humans suspended in them.

June 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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This wacky 'science fiction fantasy' (2005) by Werner Herzog looks like it was made for a few thousand bucks, but it's held aloft by the filmmaker's inexhaustible curiosity and wonder.

February 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The Wild Blue Yonder is at times playful and inventive, at others simplistic and silly. Ultimately, Werner Herzog's free-form, idiosyncratic devolution of the documentary is beautiful but dull.

February 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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When Herzog cycles through scenes of scuba divers under the ice and astronauts sleeping in zero gravity, he conveys a strong sense of what 'alien' really means.

October 28, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
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For devotees of lunatic Herzog adventure a la Fitzcarraldo, it's only a serviceable time-killer 'til the arrival of Rescue Dawn, the director's Americanization of his 1997 documentary, Little Dieter Needs to Fly.

October 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Newsday
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The Wild Blue Yonder wavers between (sometimes) brilliant and (mostly) boring.

October 27, 2006
New York Post
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Raw materials are mingled with staged performance, context is scrambled, all of it is transformative

August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Herzog's use of cinema defies the very fabric of our known world.

July 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

Herzog remains a one-off in German cinema - eccentric, infuriating, cherishable - and nothing in this will detract from his legend.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

An unlikely combination, but then Herzog never ceases to surprise and here, despite some dull patches, does so with an off-centre film of an almost dreamlike quality.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

It's a long, strange trip, alternately banal and visionary.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

This is just further proof that Herzog can make a film about anything, and indeed, from anything.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

It's not helped by a watery soundtrack that sounds like chill-out trance played on a nose flute.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

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June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

Despite the film's playful humour, there's also a deadly seriousness to The Wild Blue Yonder, for it shows man's insignificance faced with the sheer vastness of nature.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

Sci-fi nuts, stoners and conspiracy theorists might get a kick out of this. But even Herzog fans will find this mix of found footage and Kinski-lite diatribe as frustrating as it's fascinating.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Though far from perfect, The Wild Blue Yonder does have something to say about human folly and it makes its statement in an unusual and thought-provoking way.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

I don't know quite what Werner Herzog has been smoking all these decades, but more directors need to be smoking it.

February 17, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

[A] bizarre, beautiful and slightly tedious amalgamation.

February 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

[A] maddeningly pretentious docu-fiction mash-up.

November 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

while the narrative relies on some pretty goofy science, it's nonetheless a fascinating story to hear told

November 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Audience Reviews for The Wild Blue Yonder

Much like Fata Morgana, this is the side of Herzog's films I'm not too fussed about. Its dreamlike footage of space and underwater are mesmerising and the sci-fi story narrated by Dourif was also strangely captivating. I also loved the music. The problem is that none of it really fit together. It just seemed a bit muddled, especially compared to his epic documentaries that I adore. Dourif did add a certain something to the film but you can't beat Herzog's own narration, I could listen to his voice all day long. As you can see from my rating though, a lesser Herzog is still a four star triumph.

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December 6, 2009
Eric Broome

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What Herzog has done is gathered together some gorgeous footage shot in space and in the arctic, then concocted his own story around the images and got Dourif to narrate. It's a neat idea and it just about works (it also avoids any global-warming spiel), but at the same time the images are amazing enough to speak for themselves, and the true story is just as fascinating.
January 14, 2011
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