Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds

2020

Action / Documentary

6
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 98%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 68%
IMDb Rating 7 10 1598

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Uploaded By: FREEMAN
November 13, 2020 at 04:43 PM

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Werner Herzog as Self - Narrator
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Max_Lucas 2 / 10

Nothing new

Fist off, I'm not a big fan of listening to Werner Herzog voice. But was willing to try and ignore it to learn more from the show. It's just rambling mainly of stuff I've already seen or read about. AppleTV, are you that desperate for shows?

Reviewed by saschaboesch-22146 2 / 10

Narration horrible, tonns of pseudoscientific whooo

The first Apple TV+ documentary I didn't finish. The Narration (watched it in German) is hideous, monotone and his pronunciation is overall very weird. Never liked this Narrators style but here it destroys every little piece if credibility the movie has left. It seams stretched at point where we are shown scenes from deep impact or the Last days of the dinosaurs, when at other points the narrator tells us, that what followed was so complicated, that they wont torture us with it.

That has to be the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard in a documentary. A format dedicated to advance knowledge and share information.

Instead of experts, we are confronted with jazz musicians tht kinda hunt for meteor dust as a hobby. It's filled with religious nonsense much more than it is filled with actual, scientific research and findings.

The topic could have been amazing and I was excited when I saw it, as I'm a big fan of cosmology and meteorites are fascinating to me. Having watched Tiny Worlds and Elephant queen, I expected way more from this and was absolutely crushed by what was shown to me. I would award it 1 Star, wouldn't it be for some brief momenta of actual scientific information and beatiful images from Antarctica.

I wouldn't recommend this to any one with prior knwoledge or interest in the field and would encourage everyone else to take the message in this documentary with a grain of salt. There are other documentaries that do a far better job than this, which is unfortunate.

And please, never have us sit through this narrator again. It's definitely not a skill he has.

Reviewed by TheVictoriousV 8 / 10

A whimsical exploration of existence beyond ourselves

It's purely a coincidence that I am reviewing two documentary features in a row - partly brought on by the fact that I don't yet know where to see The Climb or Wolfwalkers. But following up I Am Greta, a movie that wants us to be really sad about the state of the planet, with one that sometimes basks in the Earth's inconsequentiality next to the rest of the Universe (not that this means we shouldn't treasure it; quite the opposite) was an amusing line-up.

There are very few filmmakers who resonate with me in the same way as Werner Herzog, the German legend who all but dominates the very documentary genre. This isn't because I always admire his films, but rather because of the way the indifference of the unfeeling cosmos seems to fascinate him - along with things that are strange and non-human, including grizzly bears and Baby Yoda.

Herzog finds glee where others are brought despair. The non-discriminating, inevitable reality of death, and the chaotic forces that may one day annihilate all of us in a single swoop (no matter how important we deem ourselves, or how desperately we believe in divine reward and greater purpose), are depressing reminders to some, while others look at them with fascinated awe. The only thing I like more about Herzog is the accent.

In Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds (viewable on Apple TV), Herzog looks at meteors, as well as the sort of people who have made it their life to look at meteors. We also learn what meteor strikes have come to mean for various hopeful cultures and individuals around our spheroid (a museum in France even carries a message for potential alien visitors, meant to be found if we don't survive the next asteroid hit, and Herzog expectedly jokes about the optimism in the faith that aliens will understand Modern French).

Some peoples have taken meteorites as a sign of our importance (a message from Someone Greater), whereas scientists might take it as a sign that there is insurmountably more to existence than humanity - which is fine.

At Herzog's side is volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer; not to be confused with Joshua Oppenheimer, another giant in the world of documentary film (Herzog was an executive producer on his masterfully disturbing Look of Silence in 2015). But as documentary films go, Fireball is indeed made with expertise, focusing on well-selected subjects and being very well-shot (I found the use of drone cameras to be unusually effective, adding some "size" to our aforementioned spec of a home by transitioning from space rock close-ups to long-shots of an Alsatian vista).

Many of the characters we meet are as fascinating as the very exploration of meteorides and forces immeasurably older than ourselves - particularly delightful, in my opinion, is the Norwegian man who revolutionized the research of so-called micrometeorites; items that fell from space, scarcely the size of a dust grain. A character we don't see enough of, according to some reviewers, is Herzog himself.

But following Oppenheimer (who conducts most of the interviews) is fun too, and Herzog's narrations are more than enough this time. The essentials are still there. We are still very much reminded that, sometimes, the things that make us seem so unfathomably small can also make us feel so unfathomably lucky that we're alive to explore them; that we exist in an age with the right tools; that our place in the solar system even allowed for evolution to reach this point; that the latest Apollo asteroid strike, a moment of immense destruction, made it so we could eventually live.

Who knows? There may even be a reason these stones made their way to humankind after all; something that made them seek us out. Then again, I might just have watched too much Goop Lab to be entirely rational. I hereby issue my apologies for that last bit.

A quick note, just so I can flex my knowledge since kidhood: I have not misspelled the word "meteorite" when speaking of "meteorides" earlier in this post. A meteoride is a piece of space debris (usually from a comet or asteroid, both of which distinguish themselves from meteorides in that they actually orbit a star) that becomes a METEOR when entering a planet's atmosphere, and METEORITE if it lands on the surface.

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