Werner Herzog has covered a lot of ground in his work, from the deeply personal (White Diamond) to the edge of madness (Grizzly Man) to the strangeness of isolation (Encounters at the End of the World) to our collective past (Cave of Forgotten Dreams) to murder investigations (Into The Abyss) to technology (Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World) and so forth.
Though his fictional movies have been a bit hit-and-miss of late, you can’t deny Herzog is one of our greatest documentary makers. So it was really just a matter of time before Netflix, in its quest for original content and its burgeoning documentary library, approached the man himself.
The result, in Herzog fashion, is a movie about a topic you’d never have guessed: volcanoes.
Don’t expect a Nat Geo or BBC Earth type show. Herzog’s real talent is bringing the human side to any story. He makes it relevant to all of us and Into the Inferno clearly looks like it will tell the story of humanity through the prism of these mighty mountains. If you had a doubt and thought Herzog was getting meek, large portions of this film were apparently shot in North Korea, which has a huge volcano.
Yup, Herzog will even go to North Korea to shoot a film .Then again, he did have people drag a boat over a mountain in order to shoot a movie, so should we even be surprised?
Distinguished filmmaker Werner Herzog teams up with Cambridge University volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer to profile some of the world’s most prolific and dangerous volcanoes. Traveling from North Korea and Ethiopia to Iceland and Vanuatu Archipelago, they speak with scientists and indigenous peoples to develop an understanding of the deep-rooted relationship between humans and one of nature’s greatest wonders.
Into the Inferno will be on Netflix at the end of October.
Last Updated: October 18, 2016