The Wild Blue Yonder
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The film follows a hypothetical proposition: a group of astronauts are circling the earth in a spacecraft, but they cannot return, as our planet has become uninhabitable. The cause of this remains open; all-out war, outbreak of a new disease beyond control, radiation after the complete disappearance of the ozone layer, or whatever. The crew of the spacecraft has to find a more hospitable place out there in space, and releases a probe from their cargo bay, Galileo. But Galileo -- after sending back very disquieting data -- has to be sent on a suicide mission.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A scientific context is offered by interviews with researchers expounding modes of intergalactic travel, but the real pleasures are in the organic beauty of deep spaces and the ambiguous position of the humans suspended in them."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out
"When Herzog cycles through scenes of scuba divers under the ice and astronauts sleeping in zero gravity, he conveys a strong sense of what 'alien' really means."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"Raw materials are mingled with staged performance, context is scrambled, all of it is transformative"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"An unlikely combination, but then Herzog never ceases to surprise and here, despite some dull patches, does so with an off-centre film of an almost dreamlike quality."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"It's not helped by a watery soundtrack that sounds like chill-out trance played on a nose flute."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"This wacky 'science fiction fantasy' (2005) by Werner Herzog looks like it was made for a few thousand bucks, but it's held aloft by the filmmaker's inexhaustible curiosity and wonder."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"For devotees of lunatic Herzog adventure a la Fitzcarraldo, it's only a serviceable time-killer 'til the arrival of Rescue Dawn, the director's Americanization of his 1997 documentary, Little Dieter Needs to Fly."
‑ Jan Stuart, Newsday
"Herzog's use of cinema defies the very fabric of our known world."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"It's a long, strange trip, alternately banal and visionary."
‑ Tom Charity, Total Film
‑ Jamie Russell, Film4
"The Wild Blue Yonder is at times playful and inventive, at others simplistic and silly. Ultimately, Werner Herzog's free-form, idiosyncratic devolution of the documentary is beautiful but dull."
‑ Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune
"The Wild Blue Yonder wavers between (sometimes) brilliant and (mostly) boring."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Herzog remains a one-off in German cinema - eccentric, infuriating, cherishable - and nothing in this will detract from his legend."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"This is just further proof that Herzog can make a film about anything, and indeed, from anything."
‑ Phelim O'Neill, Guardian
"Despite the film's playful humour, there's also a deadly seriousness to The Wild Blue Yonder, for it shows man's insignificance faced with the sheer vastness of nature."
‑ Tom Dawson,
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