Filmmaker Werner Herzog, director of Grizzly Man and the recent Rescue Dawn, chronicles his time at Antarctica’s famous McMurdo Station for his latest movie, Encounters at the End of the World. The movie is both about the place and the animals that inhabit it—the natural life and the scientists that study it. Reviews of the film, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival this weekend, suggest that Herzog didn’t throw all of his considerable skill at the project, but that the finished product and, in particular, the director’s take on just what we’re doing there at McMurdo in the first place, is impressive.—Gregory Mone