Incident at Loch Ness (2004) - Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

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A documentary exploring the myth of the Loch Ness monster.

IMDB: 6.5
Director: Zak Penn
Stars: Werner Herzog, Kitana Baker
Length: 94 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 7 out of 65 found boring (10.76%)

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But here it is, a collaboration between big-money Hollywood writer Zak Penn and one of the world's few truly independent film-makers, the irascible and intense Werner Herzog.

I enjoyed it.

My reaction to this movie progressed as follows: mild boredom, strong boredom, some interest when they get to Loch Ness, confusion, (looked up film on IMDb), some amusement, then finally disappointment.

And funny enough you would actually believe that this really happened, but then the acting slowly heads off into the cheese ball factor with some over the top acting, yet still entertaining from Zak Penn.

But by the time the monster makes its first appearance we have totally exited the fictional world Penn has attempted to create, so it all just seems silly and pointless.

If you start getting bored, just trust me and wait till the end.

Any cinema buffs, sci-fi fans, or documentary-lovers would find this a very inventive, well-executed, and highly entertaining piece.

Overall the film is still entertaining, and a good watch, it features some moments which are a little creepy, and some of the special effects, though cgi, are still believable.

All in all, I enjoyed it.

I can only say that it is ultimately predictable as it reaches it's climax.

I'm so glad that a broader audience now has the chance to see what a funny and fascinating person Werner Herzog is (they even show clips from some of Herzog's films for the uninitiated).

The beginning is a slow introduction to all the people, including cameos from Crispin Glover and Jeff Goldblum.

What they have come up is not a classic, but what more do you want from such an entertaining clever bit of mockery?

The conflicts are underdeveloped and seem contrived (we never learn, for example, just exactly why the locals become violently angry at Herzog's film crew at one point).

Surprisingly enjoyable semi-documentary about the Loch Ness monster.

This is the question that makes Incident at Loch Ness an intriguing, and very funny, effort by a screenwriter who is really the helmer of Last Action Hero and X2 and Hollywood action pictures of the sort.

Having said all of this, the movie itself was entertaining to a degree, I diddnt reach for the remote after 10 minutes like some other films I can name.

I enjoyed it.

" That's right, after decades of stunning works and intimate studies, Herzog has finally gone and made (or at least involved himself in)...

It was even more entertaining.

But, I have to say that because I was taken in by the whole process up until then, I really enjoyed it.

It's great to see films folks satirize themselves (nobody does it better) and you'll have an enjoyable time going along with them.

After the slow start, the film does pick up.

I like IMDb and refer to it often, but sometimes get bored by the overly-long comments.

What is left is a fascinating exploration of what a funny sense of humor Herzog has, I mean, who else could include a cameo by Jeff Goldblum, the crew of a boat searching for a mythical fish, ridiculous matching jumpsuits, and clever references to Jacques Cousteau without incurring the wrath of Wes Anderson?

Tongue in cheek and gently amusing, certainly worth watching.

When Herzog calls it pathetic and refuses to shoot it, Penn threatens him with an empty flair gun!

This was a huge waste of money, time, Etc.

They're generally more entertaining that "big" Hollywood monstrosities.

Lightly funny and very entertaining.

And more fun than the work of Michael Moore and Mr. Bore, I mean Gore.

Although not as funny as Meathead's rock mockumentary, it is still pretty entertaining.

Incident at Loch Ness makes for an entertaining trip for fans of the legendary German filmmaker, and proves that Penn, doing a documentary on the failure of the documentary of the search and meaning of the monster, is more than just another hired scribe for the Hollywood action-movie machine.

I'd like to call it a valiant effort at something, but I'm not sure what it is, other than a complete mess and ultimately a waste of time.

Kitana Baker is hired to play a sonar technician in a red white and blue bikini, for example), the film comedically plays upon the cliché relationship between director and producer.

Besides the fun in the quest of the premise, the crew is entertaining in itself.

Penn does a particularly good job of centering the film on Herzog (who is such an intense, charismatic and interesting person that it would be difficult to do otherwise) without making a Herzog film, or even letting Herzog dominate the film.

Still, it's very entertaining as it takes you there.

In fact, no pun intended, you could get confused as to what is true or not in the film, with the little mundane things mostly early on.

Does this sound a bit confusing?

The first 20 minutes of the film are dull as dishwater and don't work either as documentary or docu-parody.