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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.


Werner Herzog


Werner Herzog
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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


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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heady film will make you think about how you see the earth, the universe and people
18 August 2007 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

Werner Herzog's science fantasy about a trip to a far off planet. The plot concerns an alien played by Brad Dourif, who has come to this world from Andromeda when his world begins to die. He out lines the story of his time on earth and of our trip to his far off world. Consisting of new footage by Herzog the film also contains a great deal of footage from a space shuttle mission as well as images from under the Antarctic ice. Its a strangely hypnotic film thats often a head trip as we are forced to look at our own world as something, somewhere than what it is. This is a heady mix of facts and fictions mixed with beautiful images set to some intriguing vocal and cello music (think Tibetan throat songs) . For much of the film the mix works as we begin to see believe that the aliens are here and that we sent a mission that went there. The problem with the film is that there are long passages, particularly with the space shuttle stuff where its nothing but image and singing. It would be fine if there was a change of image but Herzog holds the images, say of an astronaut jogging, much too long. I don't why he felt the need to use all of the footage that was shot of some subjects. It will drive you to the point of slumber. Which isn't to say the film is bad. Its not. the dialog, well monologue is very witty and contains some great quotes. It also presents a few facts, about distance and our ability to bridge it that is wickedly disheartening for people looking to jump in a ship one day and travel far away, while at the same time opening you up to the possibility of actually doing it. Ultimately this is a movie that you will think about for a long time after you see it.

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