Werner Herzog directs this eco-thriller about two individuals, who have different ideologies when it comes to preventing future ecological disasters. Salt and Fire has two pretty distinct halves, with the first part of the film taking place on Matt Riley's compound, before the action moves to the very salt flats that Laura has come to investigate. All the while, Laura records logs of her ordeal on her iPad.
In some ways, it seems like Werner Herzog has made Salt and Fire solely to showcase the awe-inspiring visuals of Bolivia's Uyuni salt flats, where the film was shot. Indeed, there is some impressive cinematography in the second half of the film. However, the story isn't quite strong enough to support these visuals, with the only real solid performances coming from the two leads of German actress Veronica Ferres and Michael Shannon, with there also being a quite quirky supporting role by real-life scientist Lawrence Krauss. Altogether, Salt and Fire is worth it for the visuals, if you can make it past the somewhat weak story.
- Saturday, September 17, 3:15 PM - Scotiabank Theatre 12