Powaqqatsi (1988)



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Powaqqatsi was the second of the feature-length "non narrative" films produced, directed and co-scripted by Godfrey Reggio. As in his earlier Koyaanisqatsi, Reggio utilizes a collage of sounds and gimmicked-up images to make a comment on modern life. And as in the earlier film, Reggio's onslaught of imagery is backed up by the music of Philip Glass. This time, Reggio concentrates on Third World cultures, and the way those cultures are perceived and sometimes exploited by the power merchants of the world. Powaqqatsi was supposed to be the second in a trilogy, but wasn't as eagerly embraced by viewers and critics as its popular predecessor.

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Critic Reviews for Powaqqatsi

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

This film is not in the same league with its fine predecessor, Koyaanisqatsi.

Dec 6, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Reggio's work may be mesmerizing and technically engrossing, but it's also narrowly self-righteous. Instead of expanding our consciousness, he instead seeks to squeeze it into his point of view through a movie that tries to tell us what to think.

Apr 6, 2006 | Full Review…

'shows the consequences of what we have done in the past and the danger of where we are heading'

Feb 28, 2004 | Rating: 4/4

You'd be hard-pressed to find another movie that conveys the contrasts of life in the modern world more effectively.

Sep 20, 2002 | Rating: 77/100

An exquisite combination of sound and vision.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Powaqqatsi

Disappointing sequel to Koyaanisqatsi. The focus has shifted away from the marvellous wonders of Planet Earth and onto life in developing nations. Although a worthy, interesting portrait it doesn't capture my imagination nor hold my attention anywhere near as well its predecessor. The music is rather irritating too!

Ross Collins
Ross Collins

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This movie is more personable than its predecessor Koyaanisqatsi. The music is tribal and danceable at some parts. It had people in motion with nature; I won't say I understood what it all meant.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

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