Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds
Film poster
Directed by
Written byWerner Herzog
Produced by
  • Richard Melman
  • Greg Boustead
  • Jessica Harrop
  • Anna Godas
  • Oli Harbottle
  • André Singer
  • Lucki Stipetić
  • Vijay Vaidyanathan
Narrated byWerner Herzog
CinematographyPeter Zeitlinger
Edited byMarco Capalbo
Music byErnst Reijseger
Production
companies
Distributed byApple TV+
Release date
  • 10 September 2020 (2020-09-10) (TIFF)
  • 13 November 2020 (2020-11-13) (Apple TV+)
Running time
97 minutes

Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds is a 2020 documentary film directed by Werner Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer. The film explores the cultural, spiritual, and scientific impact of meteorites, and the craters they create around the globe.

It had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2020. It was released on Apple TV+ on November 13, 2020.

Production

The inspiration for the film came from Clive Oppenheimer's visit to a South Korean lab that studies and displays meteorites.[1] Enamored with the exotic nature of the stones, and "the cultural significance of meteorites and impact craters to human societies around the world", he spoke with Werner Herzog about creating this documentary.[2]

The production filmed across 12 different locations, in 6 different continents.[3]

Release

In July 2020, Apple acquired the distribution rights to the film.[4] The film premiered at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2020.[5] It was released on Apple TV+ on November 13, 2020.[6]

Critical reception

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a "Certified Fresh" approval rating of 98% based on 43 reviews, with an average rating of 7.2/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Much like the cosmic debris it investigates, Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds is made up of heavy stuff -- but it lights up the screen thanks to Werner Herzog's infectious awe."[7] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 72 out of 100, based on 17 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[8]

The film received a nomination for the 2020 Critics' Choice Documentary Awards for Best Narration.[9]

References

  1. ^ Blyth, Antonia (2020-10-14). "Werner Herzog & Clive Oppenheimer's 'Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds' Is No Ordinary Doc: "There's A Lot Of Wild Stuff In It"". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 2021-01-13. Retrieved 2021-01-11.
  2. ^ Ames, Jeff (2020-11-20). "CS Interviews: Werner Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer Discuss Fireball". ComingSoon.net. Archived from the original on 2021-01-17. Retrieved 2021-01-11.
  3. ^ Nelson, Dustin (2020-11-13). "Werner Herzog on Meteorites, Stargazing and His New Apple Doc 'Fireball'". Thrillist. Archived from the original on 2021-01-13. Retrieved 2021-01-12.
  4. ^ Hipes, Patrick (2020-07-24). "Werner Herzog's 'Fireball' Joins Apple TV+ Documentary Slate". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 2021-01-28. Retrieved 2021-01-11.
  5. ^ McCarthy, Todd (2020-09-17). "Film Review: Werner Herzog's 'Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 2021-03-12. Retrieved 2021-01-11.
  6. ^ Hersko, Tyler (2020-10-16). "'Fireball' Trailer: Werner Herzog Investigates Meteors in His Apple TV+ Documentary". IndieWire. Archived from the original on 2020-11-05. Retrieved 2021-01-11.
  7. ^ "Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Archived from the original on January 19, 2021. Retrieved October 30, 2021.
  8. ^ "Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds". Metacritic. Archived from the original on November 16, 2020. Retrieved January 19, 2021.
  9. ^ "Critics Choice Documentary Awards | Critics Choice Awards". Critics' Choice Awards. 2020-11-16. Archived from the original on 2020-12-15. Retrieved 2021-01-11.