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looks beautiful (IMDB: 7)

On: 10/12/2020 12:00:00 AM By: SnoopyStyle
A ragtag group of modern day explorers set off to be the 'first' to navigate the Blue Nile from Lake Tana in Ethiopia to the Mediterranean Sea.

Let's be clear. Any claim of firsts rings hollow. It's silly to say it out loud in the first place. It does not detract from how beautiful these places look. I can even accept the narration as long as I ignore the ridiculous claims of hardship and being great explorers. It's not true. At best, this is a simple travel show. If they treated it as such, this would be more satisfying. Also at 48 minutes, it feels like a highlight reel. The individual members get an introduction but non of them get much screen time. I do wish to have seen it on the big screen. It simply looks beautifully epic.

Not enough about the Nile (IMDB: 7)

On: 12/29/2017 12:00:00 AM By: Benflix
The movie tells us very little about the Nile, the focus is aimed towards the expedition crew and their experience. Not really what the title suggested. Imagery is still somewhat pleasant.

Excluding the self-promotion.... (IMDB: 7)

On: 10/13/2014 12:00:00 AM By: peter-coghlan-595-520088
Excluding the brief self-promotion of dodgy 'actors', I loved this movie because of its cinematography, still photos and music.

I agree that the "danger" posed did seem to be exaggerated.

And that studio sequence of the guys in Lake Tana did take from the up- until-then live footage.

The music is well-mixed, adding percussion to the best of indigenous voices and sounds (which can be sparse in those regions), giving the documentary an exciting tone.

All in all, well worth getting out on DVD to hear the soundtrack, and see some of the still photos.

Not a real expedition (IMDB: 5)

On: 7/27/2010 12:00:00 AM By: ERuis
Mystery of the Nile is a great movie, great scenery and beautiful photography. Almost to good to be true...

They claim to be a documentary about a real expedition down the Nile. This is not the case. It is a fake, fictional documentary made by actors and mostly shot in a studio. Saskia Lange for instance is no Spanish journalist, but a minor German actress. That's why you only see 5 or so out of 114 expedition days: there has not been an actual expedition! The 'storm on Lake Nasser' scene is a give-away, made in a studio swimming pool. All local scenes are shot in safe, easy to reach tourist spots.

I really dislike the fact that they pretend to be real. It borders a swindle. 5 points for the pretty pictures.

Terrible marketing video with false facts (IMDB: 1)

On: 6/11/2010 12:00:00 AM By: peder-762-520458
This movie is a marketing video for the expedition leader and a few others, who is immensely self-centered and on top factually wrong on several occasions. The expedition leader claims to be one of "few outsiders" to have ever visited the pyramids in Sudan (yes, not the ones in Egypt), but those pyramids are available for any tourist to visit –?and besides "outsider" sounds quite imperialistic for a movie made in 2005. There are researchers, geologists and historians born, living and working in Sudan as well.

The only reason to watch this would be to see some of the footage, which is at times quite good. Especially the flyovers. Be sure to turn off the volume first though so you don't have to hear the narrative (marketing).

Don't waste your time - don't watch this.

Self advertising (IMDB: 2)

On: 2/26/2006 12:00:00 AM By: sergepesic
I was really looking forward to this movie.On paper it had absolutely everything I like. Exotic location, brave explorers, exciting and dangerous expedition...What's not to like? Well a lot actually... Movie is only 47 minutes long, but authors generously treated us to 10 minute long introduction to themselves. The rest of the movie was filled with stories of an immense danger they were in , even if camera and the helicopter were following them all the time. Self advertising was the main motive of this whole enterprise. So little about the Nile, so much about the crew.The only venue for this nonsense would be a private party and bragging to friends.

Mystery of the Nile - Giant-screen film (IMDB: 8)

On: 3/26/2005 12:00:00 AM By: mailinator711
Embark on a daring adventure as explorers attempt the world's first full descent of the Nile-a 3,250-mile journey packed with challenges and discoveries.

For centuries, navigating the Nile from beginning to end has remained one of the last great unfinished journeys of exploration. On April 28, 2004, renowned adventurer and geophysicist Pasquale Scaturro, together with filmmaker Gordon Brown, made history when they completed the first full descent of the Nile. In "Mystery of the Nile" showing on the giant screen of the Mugar Omni Theaer, audiences witness the expedition team's journey over 114 days, more than 3,000 miles by kayak and raft, facing nearly every imaginable danger, from deadly rapids and violent bandits to blinding sandstorms and tropical diseases.