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Crop Circles - Quest for Truth
Crop Circles - Quest for Truth
Actor: Colin Andrews
Director: William Gazecki
Genres: Documentary, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2003     1hr 55min


     
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Actor: Colin Andrews
Director: William Gazecki
Creators: Ariane Compagnone, William Gazecki, Morgan Barnard, Diahann Hughes, Monte Zinn, Suzanne Taylor
Genres: Documentary, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Documentary, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Open Edge
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 04/15/2003
Original Release Date: 08/23/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 08/23/2002
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 55min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

An intelligent and probing film
Howard Schumann | Vancouver, B.C. | 12/17/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Complex geometric linear and circular patterns in which vegetation is squeezed flat against the ground have appeared overnight in wheat and cornfields in 70 countries worldwide over the last 25 years. These designs, generically referred to as crop circles, seem to be created out of nothing and originate from nowhere. They are exquisite works of art but who is the artist? In his documentary, Crop Circles: Quest for Truth, Oscar nominee William Gazecki (WACO, The Rules of Engagement) interviews researchers, scientists, philosophers, and laymen in an attempt to unravel the mystery of their origin and nature. Gazecki does not approach his subject from a journalistic framework, presenting pros and cons in a conventional matter, but as a filmmaker who is telling a story with astounding implications. There are no easy answers. The formations reflect a Sacred Geometry incorporating the Phi or Golden ratio that exists in ancient architecture and art and throughout terrestrial biology including human body structure. As one researcher states, "there is a force or energy at work that is governed by principles that are beyond the capacity of human beings".

Crop Circles: Quest for Truth begins with archival footage of single circles from the 1980s, and then continues through the next decade, showing the deepening intricacy of the pictograms. The patterns have now evolved to the point where in August 2001 a formation appeared at Milk Hill, Wiltshire containing 409 circles making up a wheel design that is larger than two football fields. The film displays the largest collection of crop formations ever seen on screen and includes footage of strange balls of light hovering above the ground in areas where crop circles later appear. Though the documentary is a bit academic in places, tending toward the scientific and technical, the formations themselves are so breathtakingly beautiful that the film becomes an awesome experience.

Gazecki interviews scientists who look at changes in the plants or soil that are both physical and molecular, characteristics that have yet to be reproduced by man-made designs. They also discuss germination anomalies, cellular anomalies, intricate and well-structured lengthening of the nodes, exploded nodes, burn marks, and even unnatural radioactivity, all of which cannot be the result of simple mechanical flattening. The documentary considers alternative theories such as plasma vortex, the circles as three-dimensional shadows of a four-dimensional object, and electromagnetic energy from the Earth but does not spend much time with them. Also mentioned but not probed is the possibility that the patterns are man-made. It would have been interesting to hear from those who openly create circles and see how and why they do what they do. One researcher mentions that if crop circles were to be hoaxed, they would all have to be done night after night without any mistakes or partial designs and completed in five hours. This is without being discovered, leaving footprints, or being detected in any way.

Gazecki is not in doubt that some kind of conscious intelligence is at work, dancing with us, playing with us, allowing us to confront what is possible in the universe. The film, however, does not support oversimplified hypotheses like ETs or UFOs but prefers to view the phenomenon as simply an unknown. As one researcher explains, whether or not we ever succeed in unraveling the code, the very act of asking "why" allows us to expand our consciousness, and this may be the real purpose behind it. The crop circles may indeed be "mandalas of the mind", a term that Buddhists describe as "a representation of the universe, a consecrated area that serves as...a collection point of universal forces guiding man towards a state of enlightenment or awakening". Whatever its ultimate source, the appearance of the formations has made us aware that we live in a universe full of mystery and wonder, that science and conventional religion may not have all the answers, and that we all have a cosmic source that is now beckoning to us. Crop Circles: Quest for Truth is not a slick entertainment package and it does not always flow smoothly, but it is an intelligent and probing look at one of the most intriguing mysteries facing our planet. If you see this film and I recommend that you do, please watch it with an open mind. It may be the most important film you ever see.
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Entertaining, yet biased
Christopher T. Yohn | Cleveland, OH | 03/06/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Teams of human circlemakers have been creating very complex crop circle designs for decades. This fact is well-documented, with many easy-to-find accounts in various publications in print and here on the internet. I was disappointed that Gazecki almost entirely ignored that perspective on the debate. Instead, this documentary places a heavy focus on unexplained/paranormal perspectives. Humans are quite capable of quickly creating very complex designs. While this certainly doesn't disprove paranormal explanations, this fact should have received more attention in this film.

Secondly, I would have liked to see more credibility behind the scientific evidence that is presented. The film describes teams of scientists who have investigated crop circles, yet focuses entirely on the research of an independent scientist with no apparent institutional affiliation. Furthermore, peer-reviewed publications are the standard mechanism for presenting novel scientific findings. Were these results taken from a peer-reviewed publication? If not, why should anyone consider these conclusions to be scientific? Again, this doesn't disprove anything, but this is an important consideration that is left unaddressed. Scientific research must meet basic standards, not defined by research that some groups may consider "scientific".

As far as entertainment value, this film is top notch. In my heart, I "want to believe" and am quickly swept away by the possibilities.. lots of interesting ideas are presented by a number of passionate, eccentric folks. But my stubborn, skeptical nature still persists, and for good reason."
Beautiful but Scientific?
Plungerman | Chicago, IL | 09/09/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)

"As pointed out earlier, they film fails to look for the science being done, despite claiming it does. It would make a short film if they did. They could just as well go to an art gallery and ask why (intentionally) unknown artists paint beautiful pictures.

What is most important is motivation which is thought to be absent. In fact my work mate at [cellular phone co.] lived in England for over a year. While there he saw the many crop circles come and go. What was most telling was that they would almost exclusively appear Thursday night, just in time to be showed off on Friday's telly. People would come out over the weekend to see them. The poor farmer would have to charge something to compensate for all the people tramping up his crops. Such a routine would not make it into anyone's telling of the tale even though it speaks volumes.

Nice Helo shots but spare us the nonsense. See the pretty thing."