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During the 1800s, paroled Brazilian bandit Cobra Verde is sent to West Africa with a few troops to man an old Portuguese fort and to convince the local African ruler to resume the slave trade with Brazil.
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
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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