If so, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is running one, Into Eternity, Friday through Sunday. And talk about timely; one of its tenets is that the world above ground is too unstable to store nuclear waste, as the recent earthquake and resulting plant disaster in Japan proved.
As one of the scientists interviewed in this documentary says, You cant make nuclear waste go away. You cant make nuclear waste harmless. So the best we can do is seal it up until it no longer is hazardous: 100,000 years.
Director Michael Madsen (not the actor, although hed do it for a six-pack of PBR), looks at the underground tunnels of Onkalo, a Finnish facility being designed to last at least that long, and wont even be completed until the 22nd century. His camera snakes and swirls slowly around Onkalos insides, with Kubrickian awe and resolve.
Equally purposeful are the films crisp graphics, from its title cards to a computer map of the facility, whose twisting tunnels digging deep resemble the Umbrella Corporation in the Resident Evil franchise. One sequence eerily depicts the radioactive cloud that grew over Chernobyl after that citys 1986 nuclear accident.
Theres no real narrative drive to the film, however, although Madsen tries to shoehorn one in. Its his face that greets the viewer in the opening moments, and his Dieter-esque voice we hear throughout as he tosses about philosophical questions, often ending with the rhetorical but pretentious, How is it with you?
Visually, quite fine, thanks for asking.