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Into the Inferno (2016)

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An exploration of active volcanoes around the world.


Werner Herzog


Werner Herzog
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Credited cast:
Werner Herzog ... Himself
Clive Oppenheimer Clive Oppenheimer ... Himself
Maurice Krafft Maurice Krafft ... Himself - Volcanologist (archive footage)
Katia Krafft Katia Krafft ... Herself - Volcanologist (archive footage)
Sarmin Sarmin ... Himself - Carpenter
Kampiro Kayrento Kampiro Kayrento ... Himself - Fossil Hunter
Yonatan Sahle Yonatan Sahle ... Himself - Archaeologist
German Qoheleth German Qoheleth ... Himself
Tim D. White Tim D. White ... Himself - Paleoanthropologist
Yun Yong Gun Yun Yong Gun ... Himself - Geologist
Mael Moses Mael Moses ... Himself - Chief
William McIntosh William McIntosh ... Himself - Volcanologist (archive footage)
Kwon Sung An Kwon Sung An ... Himself - Historian
James Hammond James Hammond ... Himself - Geophysicist
Sri Sumarti Sri Sumarti ... Himself - Volcanologist


An exploration of active volcanoes around the world.

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What we worship can destroy us




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Release Date:

28 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dentro del volcán See more »

Filming Locations:

Iceland See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Werner Herzog: [reciting from Iceland's Codex Regius] The sun dimeth / the land sinketh / Gusheth forth steam / And gutting fire / To the heaven soar / The hurtling flames / Of the mighty gods / The engulfing doom
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'Khvalite imya Gospodne' ('Praise ye the name of the Lord') from All-Night Vigil (Vespers)
Performed by The Corydon Singers and Conducted by Matthew Best
Composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff (as Sergei Rachmaninov)
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The Volcano Stuff is Great... The Rest Not So Much
19 April 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Into the Inferno (2016)

*** (out of 4)

Werner Herzog narrates and directs this documentary, which takes a look at various volcanoes throughout the world.

I should probably start off by saying Herzog is one of my favorite filmmakers and he might be my favorite documentary filmmaker. INTO THE INFERNO was a rather interesting idea but I'm not quite sure how well the end product turned out. If you're expecting a straight documentary from the maverick filmmaker then I'm going to guess that you're unfamiliar with his work. He's created some true masterpieces but none of them play like you'd expect them to.

That's certainly true for this picture, which makes you believe that it's about volcanoes but you soon realize that the director is up to his bag of tricks and delivers more but I'll get into that in a bit. As far as the volcano stuff goes, it's extremely interesting to say the least. We're pretty much given a tour of the globe as we see various volcanoes as well as get to learn about their history and get to hear some stories about previous explosions. All of this stuff is brilliantly captured as the cinematography is downright terrific and the visual images of the lave are so beautiful that I could have easily watched them for hours.

With that said, the film is also about various thoughts on life and other issues. I freely admit that I didn't think this segment of the film worked and sadly there's a lot of this stuff and I think it really brought the film down. The sequences in North Korea are a prime example as we get to hear stories of how the people there are basically hostages to their leader. What does this stuff have to do with volcanoes? All of it really seems like it should have been left for a different documentary but, as I said, Herzog likes to mix things up but I just don't think it was a success here.

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