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Naqoyqatsi (2011)

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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Miramax Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: June 14, 2011
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0051HCUPU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,248 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Miramax Home Entertainment and Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh (Best Director, Traffic, 2000) present Naqoyqatsi ("Life As War"), from filmmaker Godfrey Reggio, in collaboration with composer Philip Glass, whose original score features re

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Last of the "Qatsi" trilogy April 19, 2012
Movie: 3.5 stars; Soundtrack: 4.5 stars

I saw "Koyaanisqasti", the first of the "Qatsi" trilogy, in a movie theatre in 1983 in Washington DC, and it was (and still is) one of the most memorable movie viewing experiences I have ever had. Now, 29 years later, I finally saw both the second ("Powaqqatsi") and als this, the conclusion in the trilogy.

"Naqoyqatsi" (2002 release; 89 min.), released 15 years after the second movie, is a significant departure from the first two movies, far more somber. colder, and, in a way, politically charged. The theme is clear (the modern world is no good, and the future will be even worse). Many of the images are computer-generated (think: the inside of a fibre cable, and other such futuristic images, intermixed with armed forces, changing of the guards, and later competitive sports (bringing out the extreme in performances, hence bad), and then math and science (yes, even Einstein is shown), which is clearly the root of all bad things as without it weapons of mass destruction couldn't have been made (never mind that people having been waging wars on this planet for thousands of years). And on and on. Sure, I exaggerate a bit, but not by much. If you think director Goddfery Reggio was sceptical in his first two movies about the direction of this world, that scepticism has now seemingly become a disdain. Still, there are strong visuals that remain remarkable, even if the overall tone of the movie is too pestimistic and over-simplified. This is easily the weakest (although still somewhat interesting) of the three "Qatsi" movies.

Equally important to this movie's experience is the soundtrack, provided/written once again by Philip Glass, and it once again is memorable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ghosts in our own machines July 24, 2012
By John B.
This film, the third and last of the Qatsi trilogy, is every bit as visually and sonically spectacular as its predecessors. But, though it clearly belongs with them, it is finally a less hopeful film than the first two. I suspect, though, that that's part of director Godfrey Reggio's point. Any film that opens with an image of the Tower of Babel is probably not going to be very hope-filled.

In Koyaanisqatsi - Life Out of Balance and Powaqqatsi - Life in Transformation, the two realms being compared and contrasted (respectively, natural and urban spaces, and indigenous and Western ways of living) were given fairly equivalent amounts of screen time, suggesting (to me, at least) the possibility of an equilibrium being achieved between the two--if not within the space of the film, then among viewers as they ponder how best to live. Perhaps that is why I prefer the first two films. Naqoyqatsi, released 14 years after Powaqqatsi, seems to suggest that that possibility of equilibrium has been lost: Technology, as signified in the film by its recurring sequences of strings of binary numbers, not to mention the digital generation and/or alteration of the vast majority of what we see on the screen, has ceased being only a tool by and through which we interact with nature. It has become, in significant ways, our surrogate for nature, blurring our traditional notions of what is "natural" and what is "artificial.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Critical failure.. February 25, 2013
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Naqoyqatsi takes a wild ride with it's singular message, mixing painfully unrelated themes and seemingly cryptic imagery with a delightfully ominous musical score. The result is an overly ambitious film that's candy for the ears, but very complicated to follow.

This film combines all the modern day genius from which one could expect a gem. Sadly, this film was a prime example of what happens when someone gets overambitious with a story or theme. The previous films were consistent enough that even the simplest minds could generate a theme from them. I couldn't with certainty explain what Naqoyqatsi was about to someone who was interested.

I would hope its not the last qatsi film, I like them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Words July 10, 2012
Disturbing, disorienting, depressing, violent, overwhelming, eerie, haunting. Visually stunning. Fast paced. Too long. Not a date flick!

Naqoyqatsi is one of the strangest movies I have ever seen. There is no speaking, only a dynamically changing soundtrack that tries to keep up with the constantly often violently changing video of mostly iconic & violent people, places and events of the 20th century. No telling what the filmmakers overall message was here but for me, it was loud and clear that humanity is not a nice experiment. People hurting each other and the planet are predominant themes.

While mostly disturbing video and overall feel, the movie is captivating and worth watching. Yet after the first hour I was left depleted - how much visual abuse can one take. I kept hoping for something positive or redeeming to come but alas, the filmmakers only show the problems we have created and face and offer little hope and no cause for same. That said, a good shot in the face often serves to jar one into a new reality and take action. Or cower in fear and resignation.
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