CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

"Into Eternity" is the dismal science.

**Into Eternity* asks a simple question, how do you remove nuclear waste? Of course, the answers are not easy and when one has to factor that the contamination is poison to humans and that waste must NOT be touched for 100,000 years. Thus is the dilemma that is debated in this documentary from Denmark.

Writer/director Michael Madsen’s 75 minute documentary has visual echoes of **2001 A Space Odyssey** and **The Andromeda Strain.** We witness long, static shots of entering storage caves and machines lowering nuclear container into pools of H2O. Presented in subtitles and dubbed English, we listen to the pessimistic “experts” debate the disposal problem.

Dead pan arguments over the philosophical question, “How do we explain this problem to future generations?” No answer is truly obtained, but Madsen provides a pointed commentary. As the debate becomes as absurd as the arguments in the war room reminiscent of **Dr. Strangelove or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the bomb, ** the camera cuts to a reindeer pooping in the forest.
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