Into Eternity
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Onkalo (Finnish for "hiding place") is under construction: it's a cavernous world of tunnels and corridors, a permanent storage facility for nuclear waste, meant to last 100,000 years (that's 20 times as long as the pyramids have so far). Conceptual artist Michael Madsen's film is a creepy, eerily elegant meditation on human folly, punctuated by philosophical and historical references, that asks: how do you keep 3,000 future generations from inadvertently opening this Pandora's Box? Should markers be posted in every language or in hieroglyphics that say "keep… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"Into Eternity is a documentary that may look like a science fiction movie, but it ends up more of a horror film."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Directed by Danish filmmaker Michael Madsen with grace and deep curiosity, "Into Eternity" is better than timely."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Madsen's ominous work is reminiscent, stylistically, of Kubrick's masterworks 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and The Shining (1980) in its visual precision and chilly environs."
‑ Simon Foster, sbs.com.au
"Watching the film is akin to having a totally immersive, video game-like experience, a journey best described as Lord of the Rings meets 2001: A Space Odyssey."
‑ Lauren Wissot, Slant Magazine
"Transcending agitprop, this disturbing documentary gets to the heart of the question of civilization and its discontents."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Madsen, whose symmetrical compositions and slo-mo shots of uniformed workers have a quality of Kubrickian sci-fi, frames the film as a message to the future."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Into Eternity provides few solutions regarding the estimated 200,000 to 300,000 tons of N-waste lying around the world, but it does alert us to potentially devastating consequences. Will we heed the warning?"
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Into Eternity may be the most honest, as well as the most beautiful, documentary you've ever seen."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"This film is about your legacy. If you want to see the future, you want to see this film."
‑ Jennifer Merin, About.com
"The story of a nuclear-waste repository designed to last 100,000 years becomes a haunting rumination on time, language, civilization and folly."
‑ Chris Barsanti, Film Journal International
"In a deceptively low-key manner, Danish filmmaker Michael Madsen has beautifully crafted one of the most provocative movies of the year."
‑ David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"More like a troubling dream, or outtakes from an abandoned David Lynch project, than a conventional documentary."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"Finland leads in storing nuclear waste, and what a long strange trip it will be"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"Part instructional video, part existential head-trip"
‑ Chris Cabin, Filmcritic.com
"The film reaches way beyond the usual activist crowd by making itself as formally compelling as it is tightly argued."
‑ Vadim Rizov, Boxoffice Magazine
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