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Walking to Werner

Werner Herzog's reputation as a cinematic adventurer has already inspired one indie project, Zak Penn's wacky Incident at Loch Ness (2004), a mockumentary in which Herzog sets out to make a movie about the Loch Ness Monster and Penn, as the movie's producer, tries to amp up the commercial appeal. Now Herzog's legendary walk from Munich to Paris has spawned Walking to Werner, a woolly picaresque in which director Linas Phillips travels on foot from Seattle to Herzog's home in LA, only to learn from a voice-mail message that he's off in Thailand (shooting Rescue Dawn). Phillips is a lot better at walking than talking, and his musings seem especially insipid intercut with audio clips of Herzog's sage observations. As he pushes south Phillips encounters some profound and freaky people, but they're not enough to elevate his film above a careerist stunt. 93 min.

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