There are some great moments during the unbelievably lifelike "Under the Sea 3D," the newest IMAX offering, which is essentially "Finding Nemo" coming to life. Menacing water snakes, sharks and other sea creatures pop out at the audience in such a manner that you'd think you just payed for expensive scuba-diving lessons.
This well-shot documentary captures the majesty of the oft-unseen world that lies beneath the ocean's surface, but it has one inherent flaw: What you see is what you get.
Under the Sea" relies too heavily on the element of visual
simulation. It is, at its essence, a 40-minute documentary souped up to
dazzle the eyes. When the initial thrill wears off, there's not a lot
of mystery left.
Directed by Howard Hall, the film takes viewers to some of the most exotic and isolated undersea locations and face-to-face with some of the most bizarre ocean inhabitants. Narrated by actor Jim Carrey, it submerges us below the surface, where many scientific oddities and interspecies relationships loom into view.
This isn't necessarily the worst thing in the world, of course. The shots are so clear and realistic that on more than one occasion, I felt compelled to reach out and touch the creature swimming past. Embarrassing, yes, but almost unavoidable.
Because it is an IMAX film and therefore limited in length, it's tough to assess the film by normal standards. But don't let that stop you from enjoying a feast for the eyes. Accept it for what it is: a look into an unseen world unlike any you've seen before.