Written July 09, 2008
Werner Herzog's film about Antartica and the people there raises lots of 'big questions'. Go, if you love the questions...
Written August 04, 2008
This movie had a lot of potential, unfortunately (aside from the director/narrator's grim outlook) it couldn't decide whether it wanted to be a mosaic of lovely pictures of a forbidding landscape/seascape, a cross section anthology of the people who work at the South Pole, a dissection of the reasons that brought people there, a catalog of unusual animals that survive in the harsh climate -- so as a result it failed at all of them. It was disjointed and at times repetetive both visually and in its narrative. I was disappointed.
Written July 24, 2008
Encounters at the End of the World is not a great film. Basically, Werner Herzog tries to portray Antarctica and its inhabitants accurately, without "fluffy penguins," but he fails to offer an objective view or a strictly scientific view, and the view he offers isn't very strong; he asks typical philosophical questions, considers the meaning of language and the purpose of life, etc., but then he merely points out that people are lost, and some end up in strange places like Antarctica. Some of the footage was interesting and beautiful, but overall the film will fail to connect with your average moviegoer.
Written August 29, 2010
It started out a little slow, but got more interesting a ways in. You need to stick with it. Of course the scenery was breathtaking. This would look dynamite on Blue Ray HD TV. Verner Herzog is a very talented director, but he should've gotten someone else to narrate it, like Peter Coyote, James Earl Jones, Sting or Sigourney Weaver. His accent grated on me. It was also randomly thrown together. First there was a little on the native and then a little on the penguins there and then on an active volcano and finally a Hawaiian scientist who studies neutrinos. There SEEMED to be no connection to it all, except that it was all in Antarctica.