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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

Writer:

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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Storyline

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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Germany | France | Austria | UK

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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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The building that The Alien says was intended to be a shopping center is located in Niland, California at the intersection of East Main Street and Niland Avenue. See more »

Quotes

The Alien: You know, our great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandfathers were fine scientists, but the journey was long and boring and when we got here, hundreds of hundreds and hundreds and hundreda and hundreds of years later, those of us who arrived here just... sucked.
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I tried to like it, I really did...
20 November 2006 | by rbsjrxSee all my reviews

...but by the end of it, I was left with the feeling that there was a slice of my life I'll never get back. This is an easy film to summarize, though. Good, sometimes arresting, imagery strung on a thin but interesting plot, all accompanied by the world's most annoying sound track. The pacing is glacial. The scenes play out way too long - which is emphasized by the droning atonal background "music".

I can appreciate the parable of being good stewards of our home planet. I can appreciate the wry wit with which the subject of aliens is treated. What's inexcusable, though, are the gross technical gaffes laying around like mines in a film which otherwise goes out of its way to establish its technical credentials.

I can understand and appreciate what Herzog was trying to accomplish with this film. Still, a misfire is a misfire...


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