“ Explore underwater in 3D. „
Well, we missed the show we actually wanted to watch...Fortunate mistake! I had absolutely NO desire to see a movie about water. Or fish. Or a hokey 3D movie for that matter. The red and blue glasses I peeled out of my comics when I was growing up was all a bit too dopey for me...But alas, my cohorts persuaded me the only way anyone could-they paid for my ticket and would not take me home until it was over. We were the first to buy tickets, and I had no idea what I was getting into since I had never been to an IMAX before. Oversized screen. Yee-haw. Reserved seats? What is this about? You are trying to tell me that sitting third balcony up in the middle are the best seats in the house? That is way too far! What do you mean we are not aloud into the auditorium until 10 minutes before the moive starts? We ran out of things to talk about when I started moaning, and I haven't stopped since we bought the tickets...Maybe if I keep on they will let me go! So, they open the doors and let us in. I am handed a pair of HUMUNGOUS spectacles that look a bit like safety glasses for constructions workers. This is so bad. We climb a million stairs and squint in the darkness searching for our row....Then walk ever so slowly looking for our assigned seat. And we only have 10 minutes for everyone in the place to get situated. Why is this? Another not so good sign-these seats are made for averaged size people. The person assigned to the chair next to me hangs completely out of his seat, and what I am assuming to be part of his stomach (please be part of his stimach) is getting way to friendly with my arm. My brother in law is kind enough to trade seats. So the auditorium lights go down (didn't realize they were "up", and everyone who didn't feel like looking like an idiot earlier, is now forced to put on the workmans glasses since looking at the screen is odd without them. Everything is blurred. I p ut them on-and the world has changed... There is kelp coming at me!!! I tried dodging it, but was late. And I actually had the reaction of checking to see if there was any of it still in my hair. I quickly became engrossed in this 3D world. The images were amazing. Fish, eels and sharks swim up to you and past you with no concern for those whom they have already gone over. I made several attempts to capture some of the smaller fish, but I never prevailed. None of the other spectators walked out with a fish either, although several of us kept sticking our hands out making periodic grabs for them. This was brilliant. There was so much to see and so much to learn about. The effect is one not to be missed if you can at all help it. And please drag a skeptic friend with you. They may enjoy it as much as I did!!!
Don't be guided by the onimnously scary title of this 3D film. Into The Deep is a documentary, not a horror and you'll be dissapointed if you expected an adrenaline rush. However, if you were wanting a nice relaxing 40 minutes of the movie equivalent of going scuba diving - then you'll have a great time. My first and only word of warning is: BOOK EARLY AND CHOOSE YOUR SEATS! I've been to the IMAX before and had great seats (about 2/3rds back and slightly off centre), but this time we were running late and ended up right at the front. The screen is absolutely huge - the entire height of the building. Sat at the front, you not only get major neck ache from staring straight up, but the 3D effects are almost entirely wasted. You need to be a certain distance away for your eyes to manage that 3D thing. If you take off your special glasses during the film, you can see that the image is made by having at least two images of everything. Your eyes are tricked into converting this into 3D messages. But, if you really are too close, it doesn't quite work! It is too much of a gap between the duplicate images and your eyes struggle to make sense of it. I found that the film seemed out of focus and the 3D bits just blurred more. After ten minutes we abandoned ship and crept up the centre stairs to sit on them at the top. This was a much better view and everything seemed sharp. The only drawback was the two handrails, either side of us that were constantly in view! It actually adds to the 3D effect by being far enough back to see the fish swimming over the audience and obviously it seems more impressive if things jump out of the screen right at you, if they've got further to go! If you've been following the Blue Planet series, this film can't compete on subject matter, but that is more than made up by the feeling that you really are in the water. Weed floats by your fac e now and then and you have to stop yourself from brushing it to the side (you'll look a fool!) The shark is the most impressive 3D fellow but the whole idea of gliding through hundreds of tiny fish is just as captivating. At £7.00 a ticket, half an hour arrival makes all the difference in the quality of the experience. If you are a nature lover, this is a must.
If you want to watch an action-packed 3D film full of excitement and shock, this is not for you. However, that does not mean it is a perfectly worthwhile effort containing some beautifull shots of the undersea life and an interesting narration. Into The Deep, is, not surprisingly, about the depths of the ocean bed. There is much to enjoy as the camera takes you along vast cliffs where the waves crash, and slowly lowers you into the water. The multitude of life underneath the surface is quite extroudinary, ranging from brightly colored fish building a nest, to menacing starfish crawling along the sea bed. It is easy to get lost in the dark, eerie sea world, caught between the swarms of shining silver fish and small squid. If looking at this brilliant spectacle is not enough, then the narration is full of interesting facts and explanation to the fish and plants as they go about their lives. Highlights include the huge swarm of small squid who come out once a year to mate. After having acheieved this though, they die and fall to the bottom, leaving a carpet of dead squid bodies. It is a very poignant image, and with other sea creatures taking the bodies away for food, it seems to sum up life in one simple event. Another striking moment, is the appearance of a shark. It seems frighteningly close to your eyes and just as you think its about to take a bite out you, it swims away, gliding into the darkness as effortlessly as it arrived. The music helps to add to the dreamy feel of the film, and also adds humour too. An amusing shot of two creatures in shells puffing themselves up is accompanied by loud trumpet fanfares. Overall I found Into the Deep very beautiful and enjoyable. It was great to see a world rarely witnessed in 3d and on such a large screen. Poignant, even moving, it keeps your attention and you may also learn something.