Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The White Diamond (2004)

Director: Werner Herzog. 90 min. Not Rated. Germany/Japan/UK. Documentary.

Werner Herzog's repeating theme of a lone man against nature ... this time falls flat on its face. A British adventurer has this dream to pass over an insanely treacherous waterfall in Guyana, Latin America, riding a helium-filled airship. The man is clearly an idiot. He doesn't follow safety measures, has already gotten a friend killed, and almost gets Herzog killed on camera. Herzog's superb Grizzly Man was a retrospective on a crazy man who was killed for his dream. The after-death tense made the film mesmerizing. Watching a crazy man do his crazy stuff before he's killed: not so fun.

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