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Incident at Loch Ness

Werner Herzog , Kitana Baker , Zak Penn    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Nothing is quite as it seems in Incident at Loch Ness, an entertaining pseudo-documentary comment on cinematic fakery. Conceived and directed by Hollywood screenwriter Zak Penn, this half-clever ruse begins with a master-stroke by casting German director Werner Herzog as himself, preparing to film a documentary about Scotland's mysterious Loch Ness monster. As this film-within-a-film is chronicled by a documentary crew led by renowned cinematographer John Bailey, "producer" Penn rises to apparently impossible heights of ineptitude, until it becomes obvious (indeed, it's the film's near-fatal flaw) that there is no "reality" here at all--just a very amusing pile-up of falsehoods. Penn's onto something good here, and Herzog is by far the film's greatest asset, maintaining a credible commitment to the ruse with a hilarious and fiercely believable performance. Still, the ideas at play are better than Penn's execution of them, so you'll have to play along, in Blair Witch fashion, even after the film's ploy becomes clear. Penn and Herzog provide a worthwhile commentary track, adding another layer of observation to Penn's multilayered con game. --Jeff Shannon

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Incident at Loch Ness chronicles the story of the making (an unmaking) of acclaimed director, Werner Herzog's film. Herzog's stated intent was "to explore the origin and the necessity of the monster" rather than to look for the creature itself. Shocking, controversial and strangely humorous, the film raises many questions about where reality ends and fiction begins.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Review the film, not other Amazon reviews Oct. 10 2005
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I thought Amazon had a policy of publishing reviews that reviewed the product and did not comment in a negative manner on the opinions of others writing about the same product. However, given that my review is dismissed by another on this page as totally missing the point I can see that Amazon is not strictly keeping to this rule. Therefore, I would appreciate the opportunity to respond. Obviously, Herzog is not the director of this film in the end. However, he was employed by Penn with the false understanding that he would direct a film about the myth of the Loch Ness. My point was that I would have rather seen Herzog's film, given that Penn's one note take on cinematic trickery becomes so obvious and boring. Of course you will always find people who go against the grain and adore films which were universally panned by the critics. There have been times when I have been one of these very people. However, in the case of 'Inident At Loch Ness', I would have to agree with the general critical view that this film unfolds in such a predicatable manner that its supposed humour is neither clever nor engaging.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulously funny, absurd satire Sept. 15 2005
By cat
Format:DVD
The previous review totally missed the point. The movie IS Zak Penn's; he wrote and directed it. There was no Loch Ness movie; Herzog was playing a role in this mockumentary.
If you've ever seen any "making of" features about Herzog and his movies (or "My Best Fiend"), the understated way Herzog plays his part is completely believable and makes the movie absurdly funny. So many of the difficult situations Herzog finds himself in during his directing travails are often described by him in hilarious understatement in these other features, which lends itself perfectly to this type of satire. However, without being aware of this aspect of Herzog's personality, this movie won't be nearly as amusing.
Zak Penn is an amazing man just for being willing to make himself look like such a total idiot on film. Considering a large part of the cast were not actors per se, they did a fabulous job of making it look real, even after the point where the happenings have become so absurd you know it can't possibly be so (I already knew going in that it was all staged, which made it even more entertaining to me from the get-go).
And just in case by the end you didn't get that the whole thing was fake, the jaunty music over the end titles should clue you in.
I have not listened to the commentaries yet, but there is one set where they comment on the documentary as if it was real, and another set that's the real commentary on the making of the mockumentary. Just that idea earns this DVD five stars, plus all the extras hidden on the DVD. But even without that, it was a truly entertaining movie that I'm itching to see again. I had many moments of out-loud laughter, which is something that does not often happen to me with movies.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Tiresome Mockumentary Oct. 12 2005
By A Customer
Format:DVD
The first 20 minutes of INCIDENT AT LOCH NESS is actually quite convincing. The remaining 70 minutes contains far too many film industry insider jokes/references and over the top acting to be anything but plain silly. Herzog's performance is by far the strongest element in this production. If you just can't get enough of the mockumentary genre then this DVD may be of greater interest to you. However, it certainly isn't "best of breed" - I'd recommend BEST IN SHOW over this any day...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Customer from Canada is an idiot. Oct. 22 2005
Format:DVD
The movie is is about a fake documentary. You are dumb for falling for it. I can't believe you can type, let alone walk without falling down. Ha ha ha. You fell for a not-so- convincing mockumentary. Dumbass.
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4.0 out of 5 stars one of the few Jan. 16 2008
Format:DVD
i'm one of the few who enjoyed this film. i took it for what it was, and laughed throughout the movie.

herzog in a mockumentry, who would have thought?

i thought the scenes between herzog and zak(sic) were hilarious.

buy it used, that's what i did.
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