Thursday, November 3, 2016

Into the Inferno (2016)

Director: Werner Herzog. 104 min. UK/Germany/Canada. Documentary. 

Herzog's narrative on volcanoes sets a goal of showing us the beauty of flowing lava, exploding mountaintops, and bellowing smoke covering distances from horizon to horizon. In that, it entirely succeeds, because for some reason, one can keep watching lava rising and falling in a crater to no end. But then the films uses this to go on some tangents, for a long duration showing how excavators find human fossils, and what the inner machinations of North Korea look like. What's missing here, is some human introspection - the kind Herzog has made his own style and is famous for.

PS: Produced by and streaming on Netflix.

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