xXx: Return of Xander Cage
The last forty minutes of the movie do come together in a pretty diverting way.
Werner Herzog is the most austere of the new German directors, the one most concerned with characters trapped at the extremes of alienation and madness. His films sometimes seem trapped there, too; films like “Fata Morgana” with its images of desolation in the desert are so severe and static they're almost painful to watch. But in 1972 he made “Aguirre, Wrath of God”, about a doomed expedition in South America, and it's one of his most accessible (and horrifying) works.
The Aguirre of the title is a member of Hernando Pizarro's mad 1560 expedition to find EI Dorado, the fabled city of gold. In a series of breathtaking opening images, the members of the expedition pick their way down dizzying paths and push through the steaming jungle, dressed with spectacular inappropriateness in medieval armor. They're lost in the trackless wilderness, but their eyes burn with an insane zeal; they're convinced that next day or next week they'll all be rich as emperors.
Pizarro finally admits defeat and orders Aguirre to lead a search party up the river. He's to report back in a week. If there's no word, Pizarro's group will try to return to their base. Aguirre is played by Klaus Kinski, an actor Herzog has described in an interview as paranoid and schizophrenic ("No one has ever managed to domesticate him"). Whatever his mental state, Kinski invests the film with a frightening intensity. He rules, he kills, he leads, he stares into the camera and we comprehend his secret vision - that he, not Pizarro, will conquer EI Dorado and rule an empire.
who filmed entirely on location in Peru, shows Aguirre's group on rafts
floating down the vast river. The vegetation is so dense that it seems almost
impossible to penetrate to the shore. Morale is low, and the heat and fever
create a dreamlike, morbid state on the rafts. Aguirre selects the most fatuous
member of his group and anoints him
''emperor" -- possibly because the fact of a ruler will make the nonexistent EI Dorado seem more real.