Top critical review
on June 11, 2002
If "Koyaanisqatsi" (which "Baraka" director Ron Fricke edited) had never been made, this film would deserve great attention. But Fricke re-uses so many of the memorable images from "Koyaanisqatsi" and so artlessly rehashes its style that one wonders whether lawyers were ever involved. The producers, interviewed in a behind-the-scenes documentary, also seem oddly dispirited. The poor DVD transfer -- obviously from an analog source and abounding with artifacts and interlace flicker -- reinforces one's disappointment. They even missed a great opportunity to provide alternative audio tracks or captions with descriptions of what we're seeing.
This film deserves three stars nonetheless for stunning photography and the new wonders it does show us. One can't help thinking that even the fanciest digital artifice still can't compare to accomplished cinematogaphy of the real beauty of the world.