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Into the Inferno

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Fascinating docu explores volcanoes and scientific passion.

Movie NR 2016 104 minutes
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With Werner Herzog's estimable respect for his subject matter, and the extraordinary Clive Oppenheimer as guide, this film is science at its most accessible. The volcanoes, of course, with all the surrounding history, magic, myth, and spirituality that have evolved over centuries, are the stars of the movie. But considerable attention is given to the people who are affected by their power. Peter Zeitlinger's camera captures the unmatchable ferocity and beauty of one of nature's most dynamic forces. In addition to the amazing photography, stirring music, and crystal-clear information, Herzog and company were granted access to extensive areas in North Korea. These sequences are remarkable, even as it's understood that they've been carefully approved for Westerner's eyes. Into the Inferno should delight older kids and teens who are already interested in the natural world, and intrigue others who will be engaged by the real-life adventure, danger, and survival that envelope the film's subjects. Highly recommended.

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