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Salt and Fire (2016)

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A scientist blames the head of a large company for an ecological disaster in South America. But when a volcano begins to show signs of erupting, they must unite to avoid a disaster.

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Werner Herzog

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Tom Bissell (short story: Aral), Werner Herzog
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Cast

Cast overview:
Veronica Ferres ... Laura Sommerfeld
Michael Shannon ... Matt Riley
Gael García Bernal ... Dr. Fabio Cavani
Volker Michalowski ... Dr. Arnold Meier (as Volker Zack Michalowski)
Lawrence Krauss ... Aristidis / Krauss
Anita Briem ... Flight Attendant
Danner Ignacio Márquez Arancibia Danner Ignacio Márquez Arancibia ... Huascar
Gabriel Márquez Arancibia Gabriel Márquez Arancibia ... Atahualpa
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Salt and Fire is about a mysterious hostage-taking where the leader of a small scientific delegation is deliberately stranded with two blind boys in an area of gigantic salt flats. Shot in Bolivia, the film stars Michael Shannon, Veronica Ferres and Gael García Bernal and was written and directed by Werner Herzog. Written by XLrator Media

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Germany | France | Mexico | Bolivia | USA

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Release Date:

7 April 2017 (USA) See more »

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Deserto em Fogo See more »

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Bolivia See more »

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$23,888
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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A Una Rosa (Voche 'E Notte Antica)
Music by Ernst Reijseger and Ensemble
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3/10 for the arty landscape shots
24 October 2017 | by shaunpearson2007See all my reviews

Salt and Fire (2016)

A Werner Herzog film. On this info alone I decided to watch Salt and Fire. To be honest, I was disappointed. The acting is mediocre at best. Laura, played by Veronica Ferres comes across as wooden, which might have something to do with her being German speaking English? at least she looks attractive.

Others here on IMDb have described the story, so I will spare you another interpretation. The story is basic, and needlessly stretched out. The biggest problem I had with the idea, was just how silly it was. Environmental issues caused by human activities make for interesting subject matter. Salt and Fire does not make for an interesting film.

To give you an example of 'silly' and 'needlessly stretched out', Laura is abandoned with two blind children on a small cactus infested island surrounded for miles by salt (a dry salt lake). Rather than panic, she acts calm, spends some time teaching the children her name while getting to know theirs? Laura and the two children play a board game, which goes on for a tedious while. By this point I couldn't wait for the film to end.

I'm all for long arty shots of landscapes, and Salt and Fire contains just these kind of shots. What lets them down was irritating music. I disliked the choice of music.

Not recommended. 3/10 for the arty landscape shots.


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