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Under the Sea 3D: Movie Review from The Massie Twins
7/10 Anymore, specialty IMAX features seem to be about nature or dinosaurs. It's repetitious to be watching another underwater creature 3D film, but it's hard to deny the entertainment value of seeing rare monstrosities and beautiful mysteries jumping out of the screen and scurrying about at what feels like an arm-length away. No matter how limited the subject matter, the effects of IMAX are always outstanding. Clocking in at less than one hour, Under the Sea doesn't outstay its welcome and gives us a tidy look at some of the coral reef's most impressive wildlife. Jim Carrey narrates and manages to only rarely inflect his recognizable comedically exaggerated voice.4 years ago
Starting in New Guinea and working around the southern coral reefs of Australia, Under the Sea investigates the lives of many fascinating fishes. From the stonefish, the most venomous fish in the sea, to sea snakes, the most poisonous animal in the ocean, the audience is subjected to a myriad of stunning sea life. The coral triangle where the film starts is home to more marine species than anywhere else on Earth, including the alien presence of cuttlefish, symbiotic shrimp and gobies, squid, jellyfish and more. Australia's 12,000-year-old Great Barrier Reef houses schools of convict fish (the food of the adults is still completely unknown; some scientists speculate that the babies feed them slime, while others predict they consume their own young), rare sea dragons, great white sharks, whales, sea lions and more.
As if meeting a requirement, Under the Sea also delivers a public service announcement insisting that humans need to start caring about the environment; harmful carbon dioxide is rapidly destroying the reef and making it impossible for the various sea life to survive. The final moments show the leisurely, playful sea lions adorably snuggling up to the camera had they shown the hideous stonefish instead, the effects would be completely different, even though they are just as wondrous.
While all of the IMAX films deliver an engaging 3-D experience, Under the Sea takes the adventure one step further (or closer) by bringing its fascinating subject so near to the viewer one can't help but reach out just to make sure they're still in a theater. Every underwater being appears literally within touching distance, giving the audience the impression that they are the divers filming these wonders of nature. Jim Carrey's narration may contain interesting facts about the seldom seen proceedings, but it's hard to pay attention to his voice when you're dodging looming sea snakes and schools of catfish.
- The Massie Twins
A good documentary and a great filmgoing experience.
8/10 IMAX 3D is something to behold for any moviegoer. Long gone are the days of the red and blue paper glasses. Replaced, now, with larger, even goofier, looking glasses, IMAX 3D is an experience not to be missed.4 years ago
Under the Sea 3D is exactly what it sounds like, an underwater documentary presented in 3D. The 40 minute film is narrated by Jim Carrey, who only cracks a few jokes as he narrates the lives of these amazing creatures. Throughout the film Howard Hall and his crew takes us on an adventure to the underwater reefs of Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
What we see is an astounding array of sea life which includes, cuttlefish, jellyfish, squids, eels, crabs, seahorses, turtles, various fish, sharks, and even sea lions. All presented in crystal clear quality and in 3D. The sounds, some of which I suspect were added in later, are so clear that you can hear each step as a crab walks across the sand covered ocean floor.
The 3D makes you feel like you are never any further than two feet away from the action at any given time. There are even a few moments when it feels like the sea creatures are going to actually touch your nose. It is quite an experience. Even if you have been disappointed with your recent 3D experiences in theaters check out the IMAX 3D, it is truly amazing.
Although I found the film to be entertaining and educational, most of the sea life presented in the film I have seen in other documentaries. This is not to say the film is lacking in it's content. There is never a dull moment. The filmmakers also take time to make a point about the importance of preserving our oceans and the looming threats to them due to global warming.
I was, however, disappointed to see the film was only 40 minutes in length. I suppose this is due to the production costs of an IMAX 3D feature, but considering the amount of great footage which must have been captured during all the dives, it is a shame that most of it had to end up on the cutting room floor.
To get the most from the film, and any 3D feature for that matter, I suggest sitting close enough to the screen so the edges of the screen are not visible in your 3D glasses. This worked well for us when we saw "Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk" at the IMAX 3D earlier this year. This time we sat near the back and as a result I could see the edges of the screen, which at times made it seem as if I was looking into an aquarium instead of being a part of the film. Keep this in mind and you should have a satisfying 3D experience.
A word of warning to parents with young children, although this is a great film for kids, it is a nature documentary and there are scenes of mating and feeding. The mating scenes look more like kissing and the majority of the feeding is so quick that you barely see it happen, however, there are a few less than pleasant feeding scenes. If you have small children whom you feel may be disturbed by these scenes, I suggest viewing the film first without them. Don't worry, you'll enjoy the film so much that you'll want to see it twice anyway.
Despite it's short runtime, I highly recommend seeing "Under the Sea 3D", it is an entertaining and educational film the entire family can enjoy.
"UNDER THE SEA 3-D" -- An Octopus' Garden of Delight =
10/10 (Based on an advance preview): This new IMAX documentary (calmly narrated by Jim Carrey) is a WONDERFULLY done and enjoyable film. While I'd expected to see mainly just the "usual suspects" in sea-based films, this one has loads of fabulous footage of many SELDOM-seen species such as (color- and texture-changing) cuttlefish, sea dragons, squid, jellyfish, Australian sea lions and others. The natural camouflage and actions of some of these creatures is often mind-boggling, and the 3-D feature just ADDS to the depth and appreciation for what has been achieved. Besides being fascinating and beautiful, the film also points out the ever-increasing DANGERS to the sea environment caused by rising temperatures and increased pollution. Overall, a really impressive and pleasurable effort, highly recommended & so good I wish it had been much LONGER in length!4 years ago
Must See 3D!!!
9/10 I have seen lots of 3D movies in my time either through Real D, Analgyph 3D, or various theme park attractions such as T2:3D or The Amazing Spiderman ride at Universal Studios.4 years ago
That said this is the first time I have truly seen 3D.
IMAX 3D is something that must be experienced. I can't speak for other 3D IMAX offerings playing currently since this is the first one I have seen (barring the disappointing 3D segments of Superman Returns which were not made with the intention of a 3D release). I can only speak to the quality of this film, Under The Sea 3D.
I would say watching this movie is like really being under the sea except if you really were you would be completely wet and would have drowned long before the movie had finished. Instead the experience is more like the ocean is somehow glued to your eyes so that everything in the sea is like an underwater show made just for you. Instead of simply staring in awe at the images on the IMAX screen towering in front of you it is more like the screen has somehow become your eyes to the world. The 3D is simply that good.
The content of the film is merely standard nature documentary fare. I found myself often not paying much attention to Jim Carrey's narration and simply being enamored by the visions before me. That is not to say he is a bad narrator. His voice is soothing to listen to and he stays away from the more wacky tones he is known for. Its just that sometimes images say so much more than any word could ever do. In the case of this film that has never been more true.
Overall, in terms of the actual content this movie is not breaking any new ground. While it is always fascinating to see just how many different creatures exist in the vast oceans every day while we are out going about our daily routines there isn't much here that you haven't seen in some form elsewhere. The movie of course delves into the global warming problem towards the end which is a downer, but I suppose a necessary one. The real reason to see this movie is for the 3D. If you have never seen IMAX 3D then by all means go out and see this film. It is simply amazing! I can't give this movie a perfect ten on the whole because of the content, but the 3D experience itself is certainly a 10! Overall I give this a 9/10.
Scuba Diving from the Edge of Your Seat!
10/10 I rarely go to the movies anymore. We have a plasma TV at home, so it's only on special occasions that I'll fork out my meager pennies to see a flick at the theater. This movie was a real treat. Not only are you plunked right into the oceans of Indonesia, and other tropical locations, but you witness the marvels of nature that are rarely viewed by the human eye. Seals seem inches away. Great White sharks are within biting distance. The dance of sea life is an underwater ballet.4 years ago
I'm a big snorkeling fan, and with all this cold weather, I've been dying to visit someplace tropical so I can indulge my passion. Until I do, this 40 minute gem will satiate my thirst, without having to endure a 13 hour plane ride.