The Wild Blue Yonder Review

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A group of astronauts are stranded in space, unable to return to Earth as it has become uninhabitable; whatever landed in Roswell had greater repurcussions than we thought; an alien describes his watery home planet.


Following Grizzly Man, Werner Herzog has constructed another picture out of found footage. However, he’s in danger of becoming an ingenious archivist rather than an insightful artist, as this assemblage of clips from a space shuttle mission and Henry Kaiser’s expedition beneath the Arctic ice shelf lacks either the substance to provoke or the focus to compel.

Linking it all is Brad Dourif in a Kinski-lite display as an alien who rants against the folly of sending a probe to his abandoned planet after Earth is threatened by microbes attached to the Roswell craft. But for all the sly wit, this abstract feature is most memorable for its haunting soundtrack.

Sci-fi nuts, stoners and conspiracy theorists might get a kick out of this. But even Herzog fans will find this mix of found footage and Kinski-lite diatribe as frustrating as it's fascinating.