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3.5 out of 10 Again, the penguin steals it
John from Dublin, 05 Apr 2011
This is a great documentary, definitely worth a look. It looks at Antarctica through people who live and work there, and the collection of folk there is diverse, even thought they're all scientists. The film has cute animals (seals and penguins, one of whom may be demented and on a sure path to suicide, poor thing), and interesting perspectives from the various people there. Herzog's narration is good, as it was in Grizzly Man, though this film is a variety of "encounters", lacking a central theme that links each one together.
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4 out of 10 Chimpanzees on Goats? Not likely.
martha from Waterford, 17 Dec 2009
I thought this was beautiful, almost breath-taking in it's simplicity. It commences with Herzog arriving in Antarctica, the perfect beginning to a journey that is as much ours as it is the cameras. We see through his eyes the wonder and isolation of being an observer and outsider in a community of observers and outsiders in what must be one of the most mysterious and misunderstood places on earth. I wouldn't say this was Herzog's finest work, but I don't think Herzog had any grand aspirati
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3.5 out of 10 Unusual insight
James from Limerick, 07 Sep 2011
I really liked this documentary. It was most unusual. I particularly liked how the narrator interviewed the people living on the island and gave us a good grasp as to life in Antarctica. He asked very strange questions to the doctor who was studying penguins for 20 years. "are some penguins insane?" !! I only score 7 as I would have preferred more dialogue with the people on the ice as the people he did speak with were very interesting
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1.5 out of 10 Unusual
laura from Dublin, 25 Jan 2010
Hard to know who this is aimed at - I'm sure if you live in McMurdo, then you'd find it interesting. Not a nature film as the photography isn't a patch on something like Attenborough, more a study of the strange bunch of people living in McMurdo - misfits devoting their lives to research there, and I'm sure we're glad they are so devoted, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend watching a film about them.
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4 out of 10 Another strange Hertzog vision
Philip from Dublin, 25 Jul 2010
Who else but Werner Herzog would do a nature film about the Antarctic but refuse to show cuddly penguins? This is a strange, beautiful, visionary look at the oddballs who go to work in the Antarctic, studying seals, ice and the weather.
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What's it about....
Werner Herzog confirms his standing as poet laureate of men in extreme situations with "Encounters at the End of the World." In this visually stunning exploration, Herzog travels to the Antarctic community of McMurdo Station, headquarters of the National Science Foundation and home to 1,100 people during the austral summer (Oct-Feb). Over the course of his journey, Herzog examines human nature and Mother nature, juxtaposing breathtaking locations with the profound, surreal,...

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