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Coming Distractions: Michael Shannon waxes philosophical in the new trailer for Werner Herzog’s Salt And Fire

On paper, Werner Herzog’s latest feature film sounds like a big-budget action flick a la The Day After Tomorrow: Veronica Ferres and Gael Garcia Bernal play two ecologists sent to South America as part of a U.N. investigation into an eco-disaster. They’re quickly kidnapped by Michael Shannon’s villainous CEO and forced to grapple with the existence of a supervolcano that could destroy the entire planet. It’s one Pierce Brosnan cameo away from being Dante’s Peak. But in practice, however, Salt And Fire’s international trailer promises something a little more philosophical than megaplex disaster porn.

“There is no reality,” Shannon’s character explains in the trailer’s opening moments. “There are only views of reality, only perceptions.” And while the trailer does feature a few shots of a distant volcano, it’s equally focused on demonic imagery and religious subtext. “Is it possible that …

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