Posted on Monday, October 17th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
There are days where Werner Herzog threatens to become a meme, a joke thrown around by people who find his unique presence and offbeat/nihilistic worldview intoxicating and amusing. And then the man turns around and releases another movie and reminds you that he is one of the great artists of the past century or so, a monumental figure whose work makes every single imitation and joke look pale in comparison. Even when his movies aren’t especially good, they’re singular and the work of a true genius doing things in a way that are totally unique to him.
Into the Inferno is the latest documentary from Herzog and it finds him once again taking on one of his favorite subjects: the power of nature and the awe-inspiring grip it has on tenuous human civilization. More specifically, this is a movie where Mr. Herzog visits a whole bunch of volcanoes and the trailer sure looks impressive.