The Wild Blue Yonder

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An intriguing blend of low budget and high concept, The Wild Blue Yonder brings Werner Herzog's distinctive sensibilities entertainingly to bear on the sci-fi milieu.

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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 back very disquieting data -- has to be sent on a suicide mission.

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Critic Reviews for The Wild Blue Yonder

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (11)

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

    Jun 15, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jun 15, 2007 | Rating: 3/5
  • This is just further proof that Herzog can make a film about anything, and indeed, from anything.

    Jun 15, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's not helped by a watery soundtrack that sounds like chill-out trance played on a nose flute.

    Jun 15, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • 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.

    Jun 15, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Tom Dawson

    BBC.com
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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.

    Jun 14, 2007 | Full Review…

    Ben Walters

    Time Out
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Audience Reviews for The Wild Blue Yonder

  • Oct 16, 2009
    What's up, Geiger Lily?
    Eric B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2009
    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.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

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