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219 Ratings

Salt and Fire

Directed by Werner Herzog
Germany, France, 2016


On their way to investigate a man-made disaster called Diablo Blanco, a delegation of three United Nations scientists are kidnapped by an intimidating but droll collection of terrorists led by a penitent business mogul and an ennui-inflicted scientist in an unidentified South American country.

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Salt and Fire Directed by Werner Herzog
On paper the premise doesn’t sound particularly riveting, but sure enough Herzog’s continued thematic exploration of the often fraught cohabitation between man and nature comes through.
September 20, 2016
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I am not actually sure this film isn’t entirely a comedy through and through. With its arch-stilted dialog… Salt and Fire seems intentionally torpid and generally vague about what’s at stake in the supposed earthly catastrophe that Shannon oversaw and Ferres is coming to study.
September 15, 2016
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A painful slog for its first half or so, Werner Herzog’s Salt and Fire suddenly becomes perplexingly hypnotic and arresting. In other words, it becomes a Herzog film… The magic begins to take hold, and by the end I was wondering if the film’s first half wasn’t meant as a self-consciously labored mockery of “ecological thrillers,” mere scaffolding for the German director’s more intuitive images and discoveries.
September 14, 2016
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