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The Wild Blue Yonder (2005)



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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.


Brad Dourif
as The Andromedan
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Critic Reviews for The Wild Blue Yonder

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (14)

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…
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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…

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 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: B-
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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 | Rating: 2.5/4
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The Wild Blue Yonder wavers between (sometimes) brilliant and (mostly) boring.

October 27, 2006 | Rating: 2/4

Audience Reviews for The Wild Blue Yonder


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 Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

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What's up, Geiger Lily?

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

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