|Studio:||MGM HOME ENT. (EUROPE) LTD.|
|Rental release:||13 Jan 2003|
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PowerfulBy Cameron Hammerstein from Leicester, England , 10 May 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]If you ever wanted to view the world from the safe haven that is the comfort of your sofa and wide screen TV with surround sound, this may be the film for you.
However be prepared to feel slightly ill at ease with yourself even a little disgusted with regard to your position in life and where you live in the world. This is a true eye opener for seeing how other people go about their daily lives sometimes in sickening poverty other times in gluttonous indulgent material commercialism.
The images are truly candid and unbiased. People struggling and working back-breakingly hard to keep alive at one end, to people being brainwashed to part with their easy money in as many ways as a neon billboard or TV advertising can muster.
Add this to a superb mesmerizing sound track by Philip Glass and you are rewarded with an amazing and inspiring experience.
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A NOBLE EFFORTBy Geofbob (50 reviews) , 26 Jul 2013This review covers all three movies in Godfrey Reggio's trilogy - Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi & Naqoyqatsi - which took 25 years to complete. Unfortunately, I'm not convinced that the finished epic - consisting solely of images & music - fulfils Reggio's conservation-related & spiritual ideals. Koyaanisqatsi (1983), with images mainly from the US - ranging from the natural wonders to the urban jungle - is perhaps the most satisfying; Powaqqatsi (1988) moves farther afield with footage of colourful traditional world cultures, again contrasted with city life; the much later Naqoyqatsi (2002) is to my mind & eye the most confusing, employing digital technology to create a complex collage of images, whose message (if there is one) for me is often lost. One constant throughout the trilogy is Philip Glass's accompanying score, which for anyone interested in contemporary music is a reason in itsel for renting the films even if you're not tempted by the visuals
Ignorance is blissBy Oozoid (72 reviews) from Ayr , 13 May 2012The message is a potent and timeous one: that it is impossible to prosper without someone else paying the price. But that's life, isn't it? Will it ever be possible for all of us to share a truly symbiotic co-existence? Perhaps it is better that we don't dwell on the fate of others, lest the thinking of it should drive us mad. Some of the imagery in this film is quite beautiful, but the pace is often too slow and the music, to my ears, is mostly awful. Thankfully though, there is no sermonising monologue - in fact no dialogue at all.
THE BIG APPLEBy OSo (403 reviews) from Tooting London , 06 Jun 2009An interesting look at the world !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Not much to it
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If only it were of better film quality.By chomchom (1 review) from Glasgow , 02 Mar 2009Once upon a time this films visuals would have been in a class of it's own. I saw quite a musty DVD version and so I don't think it was shining it's true glory. Upon the advent of a remastered blue ray edition I'd be really enthusiastic to see this again. I find myself thinking about this film in after thought, about how the cities looked like the internal workings of a computer. I can't rate it highly because of poor visual quality. This is a slideshow/pretty film and so suffers badly if the quality is not there.
Not your usual filmBy Furby (1 review) from Biggleswade , 18 Aug 2008Just to warn you, this film has no dialogue or characters or plot. It's unusual and different but I highly recommend it for a relaxing and thought-provoking few hours.....