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About the Movie
VISITORS is the fourth collaboration of director Godfrey Reggio and composer Philip Glass, now joined by filmmaker Jon Kane, and presented by the visionary Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Contagion) advancing the film form pioneered by The Qatsi Trilogy (Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, and Naqoyqatsi): the non-spoken narrative experience where each viewer’s response is radically different yet undeniably visceral. Comprised of only seventy-four shots, a series of human, animal and landscape portraits, VISITORS takes movie watchers on an emotional journey to the moon and back.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 53
- Fresh: 36
- Rotten: 17
- Average Rating: 6.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: It all sounds quite convincing in theory, but in practice this melange of imagery is aimed more at the inside of Reggio's head than anywhere else.
Fresh: "Visitors" restores a sense of monumentality to a medium that has seemed so diminished by recent technological and commercial imperatives ...
Fresh: Non-narrative films can be opaque in deep ways. Visitors slips into pseudo-profundity. That said, I'd see it again.
Fresh: Godfrey Reggio's Visitors is as much a Zen experience as it is a movie, although as the latter it can be quite astonishing, too - cinema that envelops and enthralls.
DONE FEED THE HUMANS
A totally fascinating experience to witness “Human” from an outside perspective, like an alien visiting Earth for the first time. Soul-Gaze into eyes and experience intimacy with the mirror of your-Self. Recognize the transcendence of nature and the resonance of group consciousness as we peer into the screen of technology and light. This movie is slow… if you’re willing to submit to that fact in short time you’ll be merging with the emotions and beings on the screen. An intimate and moving experience…. my only negative is Apple only offers a 1080 image while the movie is specifically shot in 4K as the resolution is a primary part of the experience and a specific intent of the director. Go on youtube and you can find a behind the scenes interview with Godfrey Reggio by ’the creators project’.
A drag to watch
I love Koyaanisqatsi & Powaqqatsi, There are around the top of my list. Naqoyqatsi is pretty bad, a computer graphics mayhem. All three movies are previous collaborations between Reggio and Philip Glass.
Visitors, I expected, to be well up there with the other two masterpieces. Well, sorry to say it is a drag to watch. The photography is excellent, among the best I have seen, but you can’t base a movie on that. Taking closeup shots of faces is interesting the first 10 minutes or so, but after more than 30 minutes you become tired of it.
Koyaanisqatsi deals about nature, the urbanity and then chaos. Visitors does not make a point, it just plashes nice slow-motion captures either way. It is more an video-art installation than a movie.
And really, Glass can’t really do much here, the movie is dull, the music is dull too. Not much to work with. Such a pity really…such a pain.
A visual masterpiece!
What the film “Samsara” is to color, “Visitors” is to black and white cinematography! I’ve always felt that black and white photography flattened worlds and shallowed landscapes. This film proved me wrong. The score is gorgeous and captivating and the shots in this film both comfort and disturb. Any lover of the non-verbal documentary NEEDS to see this film! Its brilliant! If you’re having trouble with the message of the film its truly in the title. It poses a sort of voyeuristic gospel into the soul. This film is a well of inspiration I see myself returning to for years to come.