The Wild Blue Yonder details
|Starring:||Brad Dourif, Capt. Donald Williams, Dr. Ellen Baker, Franklin Chang-Diaz, Shannon Lucid, Michael McCulley, Roger Diehl, Ted Sweetser|
The Wild Blue Yonder
|Run time:||1 hour 21 minutes|
|Rental release:||22 Oct 2007|
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I tried...By Andybe (195 reviews) from Richmond , 03 Nov 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]...really I did.
The summary on this site leads you to believe that this is a traditional film, however it's a Herzog creation so I should have known better.
Werner Herzog takes NASA film footage, as well as other sources, and weaves them together to tell a bizarre story of space and time travel to a distant world and back. Some of the footage is quite spectacular, but all taken together with an 'unorthodox' musical score put it out of reach for me.
I fell asleep a number of times (quite a feat in a 77 minute piece), lost the storyline, and had to go back only to find I hadn't really lost the storyline after all - it was simply 'out there'.
It takes something other than what I have to enjoy this. I'm not sure what that is, but if you're game give it a go.
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The Wild Blue Yonder (2005)By Teebs (160 reviews) from Rochester , 14 Jul 2009Most closely related to Herzog's early trippy film Fata Morgana, this combines a science fiction narrative told by Brad Dourif's 'alien' from Andromeda of his race's escape from their frozen planet to earth and vice versa a human space exploration to Andromeda to set-up a colony. Herzog uses a variety of archive space and undersea footage to add visuals to the story and it is the usual Herzog combination of long stretches of footage with vivid musical pieces (here a sombre combination of cello, African singers and throat yodelling) to create a mesmerising (some may call boring?) experience. Aptly described by Herzog himself as a visual symphony, its another truly bizarre experience from a visionary director.
WTF!!!By JemimaMH (41 reviews) from Edinburgh , 16 Mar 2009Having been on a bit of a Herzog bender recently I decided to check out this little number. I could tell it was a bit experimental and I was prepared for something a bit different but in the end this experiment is na complete an utter failure. When Brad Dourif comes onscreen and starts complaining about nobody coming to visit his alien shopping mall I thought Herzog may have been onto a so-bizarre-it-is-cool kind of thing. Unfortunately as soon as the story hits the stock footage it all falls apart into utter tedium. This whole thing just doesn't work. It is kind of amateurish and sometimes just plain stupid. Felt a lot like some kind of school-project really. As a sci-fi fan I was a little bit offended for some rason. Yes - it is that sad. I hope Werner had fun making this becuase I certainly didn't get anything out of watching it.
In Space Noone Can Hear You SnoreBy popcornkiller (29 reviews) from Welling, Bexley , 19 Aug 2008I did really want to like this. I really did. honestly.
But, the reality was, this film dragged. The music reminded me of Maltese folk music (not good) and the library footage used was sometimes bizarre or irrelevent. The underwater sequences just looked like underwater sequences.
The alien character was mildly annoying, and I kept hoping his role in the film would end quickly. It didn't.
The making of feature was more interesting and more illuminating in my opinion.
Maybe on a big screen with quad sound and after taking the right drugs, this would work. I'm glad it was made, and I realise some will love it. Not for me though.
Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008I am a Werner Herzog fan having only seen his collaborations with Klaus Kinski. This film was unlike any of those. I was was eventually won over after initially thinking the film must be some sort of joke. The soundtrack music was for me spellbinding and coupled with the images (whether they or the storyline were coherent or not seemed irrevelant)led me into a state of wondering what hidden message was here. maybe i was hoodwinked but the film touched me in a deep inexplicable way.
Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008Werner Herzog is one of the world's most interesting directors. Everything he does is unusual, but here he has really gone over the top. This is an intergalactic journey eventually returning to a lifeless earth. To raucous atmospheric music we are treated to scenes of weightless life in the space ship and views of the blue yonder outside. Grave academics explain the pseudoscience on which the adventure is based. The visual effects are at first striking, then bewildering and ultimately, let us admit, boring.