Naqoyqatsi

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Released 2003

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Director:
Godfrey Reggio
Released:
2003
Rating:
PG
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 renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. In this cinematic concert - the concluding film of the Qatsi Trilogy preceded by critically acclaimed Koyaanisqatsi ("Life Out Of Balance"), and Powaqqatsi ("Life In Transformation") - mesmerizing images reanimated from everyday reality, then visually altered with state-of-the-art digital techniques, chronicle the shift from a world organized by the principles of nature to one dominated by technology, the synthetic and the virtual. Extremes of intimacy and spectacle, tragedy and hope fuse in a tidal wave of visuals and music, giving rise to a unique artistic experience that reflects Reggio's vision of a brave new globalized world.

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times

    Much of this is involving, although the pace is so relentless that it leaves little time to breathe or grasp precisely what Reggio is attempting to say.

  • 60

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    By far the grimmest of these nonnarrative, nonverbal cinematic tone poems with epic ambitions. Although none of the three could be described as cheery, Naqoyqatsi, whose title is t...

  • 40

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Possessed of another outstanding wall-to-wall score by Philip Glass but rather fuzzy in its message, entry differs from its predecessors in that roughly 80% of its images are deriv...

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