Werner Herzog and volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer travel the globe and visit volcanoes in Indonesia, Ethiopia and even North Korea in an attempt to understand man’s relationship with one of nature’s most violent wonders. [Netflix]
It’s an exhilarating trip, filled with strange stories, fascinating rituals and ethereally beautiful images of bubbling magma and flowing lava, some of which were captured using drones.
Despite Herzog’s efforts to keep it as entertaining as possible, “Inferno” does feel like it overstays its welcome a bit. That being said the access and footage they’ve compiled coalesces into a truly cinematic experience. One that would be hard for anyon
Into the Inferno may be relatively minor Herzog — it’s sweet and rambling rather than laser-bolt intense like “Fitzcarraldo” or “Grizzly Man.” But it is enormously satisfying, filled with wisdom, insight and molten lava.
If you go into a Herzog documentary hoping for a definitive, deep look at a certain subject, you’re bound to come away disappointed. But if you go into them expecting a series of portraits of obsessed people, each painted by one of the most likable obsess
None of this is uninteresting, and much of it is fascinating as the film gets up close and personal with the earth’s seething innards.
Into the Inferno proves most fascinating when documenting the ways in which primitive peoples invest these angry craters with spirits and gods.
There’s something deeply unsettling about the unstoppable, magma-like flow of Werner Herzog’s Into the Inferno.