Incident at Loch Ness
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What I was most happy about was all the dvd easter eggs. Without giving it away, I'll say the commentary by Werner and Zack was by far the most entertaining commentary I've heard.
Part of the brilliance of the movie is the use of Werner Herzog as the lead character. As a fan of his, I never could have imagined that he would have appeared in a film like this. The film sends up Herzog's reputation of being demanding and violent on the set perfectly... for example, in this movie, demonic producer Zak Penn pulls a gun on him (echoing the near-legendary confrontation between Herzog and Kinski in Aguirre). There are a lot of moments like this for the cinefile who knows enough about the director to be surprised and amused. Kudos to Werner Herzog for being such a good sport.
I should also point out that I have no interest in the Loch Ness Monster, but this movie kept me riveted by focusing less on the monster and more on the loons who think the monster is real. Special mention must be given to the ridiculous and insane Cryptozoologist who almost steals the film. Basically, anyone who is a fan of Werner Herzog or just wants some good laughs must see this film. I am definitely looking forward to Herzog's next adventure...hopefully in search of Big Foot or something...
The independent, creative mind clashes with big-budget in "Incident as Loch Ness," a bizarre mockumentary-within-a-mockumentary (sort of a fictional "Lost in Le Mancha"). It has some problems -- a slow pace and spotty humour -- but it's still an interesting little movie.
The movie opens in 2003, with an interviewer visiting Werner Herzog (played by... himself) for a documentary. Herzog explains that his forthcoming movie is a documentary about Loch Ness, and how people want to believe in a monster. For this, he's collaborating with Zakk Penn (himself again), writer of movies like "Elektra," "X2," and "X-Men: The Last Stand." Very, very mainstream.
But problems crop up as soon as they get to Scotland. Herzog finds that Penn has hired a Playmate/sonar operator, an exozoologist and a big inflatable plesiosaur. He's trying to turn the intelligent documentary into Hollywood garbage. But as Herzog decides to put a stop to it, something huge in the water attacks the boat...
This is a notable movie for two reasons: It's Zakk Penn's first indie movie, and it's the most bizarre movie that Herzog has ever done. And as we're reminded, he once had a riverboat hauled over a mountain, so that is saying something. At the end, it's hard to even remember that this was all "wheels within wheels."
Stylistically, "Incident" does exactly what it is supposed to do: twist reality, and turn the documentary on its ear. It's slow-paced and rather meditative, like behind-the-scenes documentaries are, and at times it's pretty dull. No outright funny stuff, but it has a sort of wry humour in scenes like the exozoologist showing off his tentacle, or the Playboy girl installing the sonar.Read more ›
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I love Werner. He was the reason for purchase. I didn't get this. The 'actors' weren't 'warm' enough to care about. Some of it was overly contrived. It kind of flitted about . Read morePublished 9 months ago by haley sue
This is a brief "review" of the film (as seen on IFC, when they used to not have any commercial interruptions), not the DVD. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Niles508
Basically, and trying not to spoil anything, this film is all about the Easter eggs. Casual watchers may find themselves scratching their heads, IF they don't thoroughly explore... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Olof Johnsson
This movie is one of the most underrated movies I know. I really enjoyed the actors and characters in the movie. I don't want to give away to much information about this movie. Read morePublished 15 months ago by jason
My wife had seen this movie earlier and told me how great and funny it was. She didn't tell me it was a mockumentary. Read morePublished on January 16, 2013 by Robert B. Thompson
This was crap! Not in a god way, but in a Studio way. For those unfamiliar, Studio channel is where self important over pampered clowns talk about how wonderful they are and why we... Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by Ace Rimmer
This movie is a spectacular gem... I do appreciate Christopher Guest's movies (particularly Best in Show), but they don't compare to Incident at Loch Ness in terms of depth or... Read morePublished on December 5, 2009 by Gabriel Werder
I love the details that abound in this film. One feels like you are living out what the filmmakers are living out when they hit the boat on Lake Loch Ness. Read morePublished on July 15, 2009 by Jeffrey Patruska
Werner Herzog is one of the most respected filmmakers of all time and a praised documentary filmmaker. Read morePublished on April 28, 2009 by Joshua Miller
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