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Encounters at the End of the World

Encounters at the End of the World

Rated: G 
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: June 11, 2008 Released by: Think Film

The rich documentary Encounters at the End of the World takes documentarian Werner Herzog to Antarctica's McMurdo Station, hub of the US Antarctic program.

The esteemed master auteur of films like Grizzly Man and Rescue Dawn was surprised to arrive at a place which looks likes a series of construction sites. Yet, there are also "abominations" for him which include a bowling alley and ATMs.

The visionary German-born Herzog sees professional aspiring folks like himself in this "strangely amazing" location. One says the shape of his fingers indicate he is an heir to regal Aztecs. His narration is deliberate, sometimes witty and satirical in commentary, especially when discussing chimpanzees or penquins. He bleakly ponders the effect of the climate crisis when seeing a humungous iceberg, even "bigger than the country that built the Titanic".

The old master has crafted another sharply incisive piece of filmmaking that is family-friendly and approved by the National Science Foundation and a must-see for those into natural wonders.

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