Reviews for Blue Planet
|Reviewer: Chris Mills|
|Posted On: Wednesday, November 23, 2011|
|Magnificent (in IMAX...)|
|I'm not sure how effectively this film can translate to the small screen (but it's worth a try!)
I first saw this film in the IMAX theatre at Ontario Place, where the image is about 8 stories high and pretty much fills your field of vision. I suppose a shot of dust bunnies under my bed would be pretty impressive at that scale, but I have to say that seeing our planet from space in a way that probably comes as close to recreating the actual experience as it's possible to do without actually GOING into space, took my breath away. I remember clearly the opening shot, as the camera pans slowly down from the cold blackness of space, and the awesome beauty of our home planet swam gradually into the picture; tears came to my eyes.
The footage from space was shot by the shuttle astronauts themselves, and nice work it is, too. I think seeing our Earth from space would bring out the poet in just about anyone, and the astronauts were obviously moved by some rare and wonderful vistas of singular beauty, which they did their best to capture.
To their credit, the filmmakers took this raw material and turned it into a story of not only the breathtaking splendour of Earth from space, but also a lesson on how fragile this planet is, and how we, by our exploitation, are performing an uncontrolled experiment on our only home, and our only life support system.
It's a unique experience, and a unique perspective, and the take-away here is that perhaps one really does need to leave our planet for a while and gaze down on it from somewhere else to fully realize just how small, precious and unique a place it really is. And it's the only home we have, the only one we will probably ever have. We need to take care of it.
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