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Embrace of the Serpent

HD   Unrated

Ciro Guerra

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About the Movie

At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT, the third feature by Ciro Guerra. Filmed in stunning black-and-white, SERPENT centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 130
  • Fresh: 126
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 8.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Though some of the concepts may be New Age boilerplate, the film's images linger; especially that of the river, the snake devouring us all. – Peter Keough, Boston Globe, Mar 10, 2016

Fresh: This stunning historical drama, shot mainly in black and white across the Amazon region of Colombia, focuses on a shaman who's approached at different points by white men seeking medicinal substances. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Mar 10, 2016

Fresh: It is gripping, challenging, engrossing stuff, beginning to end. Seriously, what a film. – Tom Long, Detroit News, Apr 22, 2016

Fresh: The film moves into psychedelic and violent territory, creating a perspective that is equally unreal and unforgettable. – Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Mar 31, 2016

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Customer Reviews

Amazonian magnificence

Gorgeous images and a captivating story.
It brings to us the devastating impact of our "civilized world" on earth, nature and people from other cultures.
Masterfully it shows men madness brought by the grandeur of the Amazonian jungle itself.

Loved it.

At least as good as the critics say.

Journey to the end of Earth

Hoe. Lee. Crap. What just happened to my eyes, my brain, my senses? There is no other film that I have ever seen that even comes close to comparison with this spellbinding, mystical and mysterious b&w masterpiece, Embrace of the Serpent. I didn't know films like this could be made anymore. You know what? It makes me loathe Hollywood big budget productions and the insanely compensated actors that headline them. I promise you, this film will transport you to another universe, and possibly another spiritual realm, if you allow it to envelop you and breathe new life into your body like the shaman's opiate powder blown up the nose of the "white". Not all experiences are pleasant, however. Much like a dream (a thread line throughout this insane motion picture), you may experience nightmarish visions. (By the way, if ever a film was truly warranted an "Unrated" designation, this would probably be the one.) Some scenes make you sick to your stomach - savagery at its most primeval. But, Good and Evil are most certainly present here, and shall naught be repeated, lest it influence your decision to see this work of art. I could go on and on, friends, but seeing is believing, is it not? Or, better yet, dreaming is believing....

Embrace of the Serpent
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 2016

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