Under the Sea (IMAX)

by | Apr 30th, 2010 | 12:30PM | Filed under: DVD Reviews, Movies

Itching to escape your daily routine? Hankering to go on an exotic vacation, but don’t see that happening in the near future? Want to get really close to a great white shark without the fear of, you know, being eaten? Look no further than the spectacular Under the Sea, which is guaranteed to pull you quickly into its fascinating underwater world and make you forget about all of life’s troubles, if only for forty minutes.

I don’t know about you, but the first thing I thought when I heard about the IMAX film Under the Sea was, “Another ocean-based IMAX movie? Haven’t there already been like twenty of those?”

Yes, yes… maybe there have been a lot of IMAX titles featuring creatures with fins, blowholes, scales and pinchers, but believe me when I say there’s room for another. Under the Sea is nothing short of amazing — it’s the kind of film that will put you under a spell. When you wake up from that spell, your problems will seem a bit more insignificant. Because, I mean, you could be a venomous stonefish, waiting patiently for days to eat.  Or a cute little crab who’s about to fall prey to the lunging tentacles of a cuttlefish on the hunt. Or a sea lion who… oh, wait.  Sea lions are always carefree and  joyful! They have no problems!

Actually, they do. Jim Carrey — who admirably narrates the film with great restraint — reminds us gently that the coral reefs of the world are in grave danger because of rising atmospheric temperatures and ocean acidification. But he doesn’t go overboard with his warnings, as the point of the film is really to celebrate the unbelievable array of sea life, and highlight individual species’ unique characteristics.

Because of the IMAX format, you truly feel like you are right beside diver and director Howard Hall (Into the Deep, Deep Sea) and his team. What’s even more incredible are the sounds captured — the crunching and slurping of a cuttlefish enjoying dinner was totally disgusting, yet thrilling at the same time. When the creatures aren’t providing interesting audio, the still of the water is supplemented by appropriate instrumentals… or Doris Day’s “Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps,” during a scene spotlighting the frustrating cuttlefish mating ritual.

Its short length and eye-popping colors make Under the Sea very amenable to the attention spans of young children. Everything else about the film makes it a winner for adults.  While you won’t be able to experience it in 3D as it was originally shown in theaters, on the DVD version you will be treated to a short “making of” bonus feature. It covers how Hall and his crew spent over three months filming across the Great Barrier Reef, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.

By the end of Under the Sea one thing is clear: it doesn’t matter how much technology advances, and it doesn’t matter how crafty Hollywood gets with CGI, there are no special effects like the ones created by Mother Nature.

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9 Responses to “Under the Sea (IMAX)”

  1. Michael
    Posted on May 4, 2010 at 10:00 am

    I think that how to train your dragon is a much better movie in 3d than this one

  2. Gloria
    Posted on May 4, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I saw this movie (twice) at an actual I-MAX theatre and loved it.
    Glad to see it’s on RedBox movies.

    • Currently 1/5 Stars
    Posted on May 4, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    My 6 yr old daughter picked this out because of the pretty front cover. I was optimistic because of Jim Carrey. Before 10 minutes went by, she was off playing with her toys and I was taking a delightful nap on the couch.

    Jim Carrey’s monotonous voice does nothing to excite this incredibly short, incredibly overdone movie format. I admit the footage was beautiful, but as my 9 yr old son said… “When does the sea lion get eaten by the shark?” I told him “I guess you’ll have to wait for Shark Week, honey…” Honestly, we’ve seen better documentaries on Discovery channel, and frankly, if you don’t know the reefs are in danger by now, you’ve been living on the moon. How many times do I get to pay for eco-messages delivered on DVD?

    As for Erika Olson’s review, she clearly has a gift for marketing. For a minute, I thought I’d rented a different movie.

    • Currently 5/5 Stars
    Connie Coe
    Posted on May 4, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    My children (17yrs, 13yrs, 11yrs, 5yrs, 4yrs, & 2yrs) LOVED this movie. We watched it over and over again. Great Movie!! They learned alot, loved the music, and just couldn’t get enough.

    • Currently 3/5 Stars
    Posted on May 4, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    I loved watching Jacques Cousteau as a kid so I am glad that his children have continued his legacy by making movies like these. It’s nothing short of amazing and I particularly found the sea dragons to be unbelievable to explain in words — I will however agree with Bahri that is seemed short and Jim Carrey was a poor choice for narrator.

    • Currently 3/5 Stars
    Posted on May 4, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    While the footage was beautiful, and we liked the soothing voice of Jim Carrey, it was too short. Also, it should have been named “Cuttlefish and friends”, since it seemed to spend most of the footage on the cuttlefish. It was too short, including the “extras”, and while it would have been great to rent for a buck – it wasn’t worth purchasing for $25.

    • Currently 5/5 Stars
    Posted on May 4, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Well in my opinion I loved it … Nature is the most beautiful thing to see. I have a two year-old daughter and for the first time she stud and watch a movie. She kept telling me Fishes.. Fishes.. Mama!! Remember that kids love to see bright colors too!!!

    • Currently 2/5 Stars
    Posted on May 4, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Since I too used to watch Cousteau & any undersea adventures I can, I thought this might top all the rest & looking forward to great video.
    It didn’t excite my family.

  3. Tiffany
    Posted on May 5, 2010 at 4:13 am

    I love ocean life though some the movies can be extremely boring! I thought this movie was great but it was too short. I did pay attention to the narrator but I didn’t know it was Jim Carrey but that doesn’t matter anyways.

    My son who is 14, asked me what I was watching and I told him that he probably wouldn’t like it because it wasn’t an action movie. He watched it anyways. He liked it! I heard him laugh and say aww and even ask questions about some things he didn’t hear. He laughed at the music they played in some of the sequences.