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The Wild Blue Yonder (2005)

Not Rated | | Sci-Fi | 15 June 2007 (UK)
An alien narrates the story of his dying planet, his and his people's visits to Earth and Earth's man-made demise, while human astronauts attempt to find an alternate planet for surviving humans to live on.

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Werner Herzog

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Werner Herzog

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Cast

Cast overview:
Brad Dourif ... The Alien
Donald Williams Donald Williams ... Astronaut Commander (as Capt. Donald Williams)
Ellen Baker Ellen Baker ... Astronaut physician (as Dr. Ellen Baker)
Franklin Chang-Diaz Franklin Chang-Diaz ... Astronaut Plasma Physicist
Shannon Lucid Shannon Lucid ... Astronaut biochemist
Michael McCulley Michael McCulley ... Astronaut pilot
Roger Diehl Roger Diehl ... Mathematician
Ted Sweetser Ted Sweetser ... Mathematician
Martin Lo Martin Lo ... Mathematician
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An alien narrates the story of his dying planet, his and his people's visits to Earth and Earth's man-made demise, while human astronauts attempt to find an alternate planet for surviving humans to live on.

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Sci-Fi

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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Wake for Galileo See more »

Filming Locations:

Antarctica See more »

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Stereo

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1.85 : 1
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The Antarctica footage comes courtesy of musician Henry Kaiser. See more »

Quotes

The Alien: You see aliens as these technologically-advanced super-beings who destroy New York city in two minutes flat. Well I hate to say this, but we aliens all suck.
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2 December 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Wild Blue Yonder, The (2005)

** (out of 4)

An alien planet starts to die so their inhabitants head off to find life in another universe. Their ships eventually land on Earth and years later one of the surviving aliens (Brad Dourif) recalls their journey. This is an extremely bizarre science-fiction film but would you really expect anything less from Herzog? I wouldn't call this a bad film but at the same time I couldn't call it a good film either so I'm somewhere down the middle on it. I think it has a brilliant idea and for the most part the idea is created very well but in the end I couldn't help but feel this would have worked better as a forty-minute film instead of a feature length (even though it still only runs 75-minutes). The visual look of the film is quite impressive with various stock footage used to tell the story. The Antarctica footage, which Herzog would later use in his documentary Encounters of the End of the World, makes for a unique "frozen sky" of outer space. The underwater scenes are going to be alien just about to everyone watching the film so to use this as another alien outpost (outer space) was a very good idea. Dourif has gathered some heat for his performance but I'm sure it's exactly what the director wanted and overall I thought it was fine. It's certainly out there but any alien encounter would probably fit the term out there.


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