Posted by: cgratton | February 17, 2009

Feed your Senses, See an IMAX

Like sensory overload?  Obsessed with the Planet Earth series?  Well, I know I emphatically answer yes to both, which is why I made it a point to check out the new IMAX movie at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.  The movie, “Wild Ocean,” quenched my HD and nature-loving thirst in a big way.  The film examines a yearly “feeding frenzy” in the oceans of South Africa (coastal waters that are government protected, and therefore still an “unbroken,” natural environment).  The music was amazing, the footage was incredible and the fly-over aerials were out of this world.

Watch a trailer here:

Yet, like most museum movies, an underlying ethical message is always woven into the plot.  This movie proved no different, as the in-depth look into this incredible ecosystem was undercut with a “if we continue to over fish our oceans, they will be destroyed” plea.  Although a good lesson to be preached, I didn’t pay $18 to hear a Save the Earth campaign.  But regardless, this intensely beautiful, 40-minute film is an amazing feast for your eyes.

The real message of the film:

But I do have some previous IMAX experience to know that better theaters are out there…in Europe.  The London Science Museum’s IMAX theater shows most of their films in 3-D.  You’ll forget how silly you look in your oversized glasses once the show starts.  It’s serious sensory overload, not for the weak of heart (or stomach).  This particular theater boasts a screen the size of four double-decker buses. Seriously huge.  With a plethora of film choices that delve into the oceans to follow the habits of sharks, scope closely into the life of bugs, or transport you to the farthest depths of space, this cinema experience cannot be missed. Plus, museum entry (like most in London) is free! So with all that saved cash, why not buy a ticket to the best movie you’ll probably ever see?

A snippet from my favorite IMAX movie in London–Deep Sea 3-D–narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet.  So good I saw it twice.


  1. I had another student watch Friday the 13th on an IMAX screen. I guess not the same cultural experience, huh?

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