Classic family orientated, nature
based Imax documentary that despite the 3-D effect is really quite flat.
The clunky attempts at narrative follow the undersea goings on in a neighbourhood
around a vast kelp 'forest'. There are the usual attempts at applying
anthropomorphic attributes to the main 'characters' which include a crab,
a bright orange fish (can't remember the proper name), a sunstar (like a
huge star fish only with many more legs), a couple of moray eels, etc. This
vividly reminded me of those annoying 60s Disney live action documentaries
typified by cute animals and annoying male voiceovers I used to watch on
TV as a kid.
There's nothing here we've not
seen a dozen times before as part of more detailed TV documentaries. The
40 minute running time doesn't really provide anything more than a cursory
glance at, rather than any insight into, life on the ocean floor. If it's
an insight into nature you're after - watch the BBC on a Sunday afternoon.
If it's 3D Imax, then check out virtually every other 3-D Imax film
instead. If it's entertaining undersea adventure, you need Finding Nemo.
Rob Dyer (April
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