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Space Station: IMAX - Climb On Board the International Space Station in 3-D

May 3, 2008
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Pros:great picture, tight story & pace, narration very informative

Cons:some people get sick at IMAX productions (I didn't at this one)

The Bottom Line: Both interesting and informative, we enjoyed viewing it. Children disturbed by loud noises might end up having to be removed.


Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie's plot.

My kids love IMAX movies. Mom is not so crazy about them. On occasion, they have given me a queasy feeling in my stomach, so much so that I ended up leaving the theater one time. Still, Mom makes the ultimate sacrifice when we visited the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum and I purchased tickets for Space Station: IMAX in 3-D.

Space Station: IMAX is essentially a documentary about the building of the International Space Station, shot in IMAX format. The 3-D format adds more to it, giving the audience the feeling like they are right there watching events take place. The 3-D effects aren’t overdone, but there are a few fun times such as when things are floating through the weightless space station and come right at the camera. The overall effect watching this is quite good, and I was quite pleased that I did not feel queasy once.

Tom Cruise is the narrator for this documentary. Once I got past thinking “nut job”, I was fine with it and got lost in the events taking place. Space Station: IMAX shows from the beginning what went into putting this space station floating above us together. The international cooperation is unprecedented. The narration is informative and clear. There is also a decent soundtrack added for effect.

Space Station: IMAX starts with the main piece being launched from Russia on board a traditional, unmanned rocket. Most of the launches after this are of our own Space Shuttle. All of the launches are dramatic and presented in surround sound. Very young children and those with issues about loud noises might want to reconsider seeing this in the theater. Yes, we had a baby in the theater that screamed after every launch. I felt bad for the parents, so be forewarned about what you are getting into and make your judgment whether it’s for your family from that.

My own son loved it with no issue. He’s seven and high-functioning autism spectrum disorder. Space Station: IMAX kept his attention throughout the 45 minute film, even with the slow parts. There are long periods showing the astronauts on Earth training for the mission. I thought these times would lose his interest, but he remained interested as did my 13 year old daughter. The training periods might be slow, but they are quite informative. We saw astronauts being trained for space walks to assemble the space station in a giant swimming pool.

I never gave much thought to what would happen if an astronaut happened to be cut loose during a space-walk, but NASA has. Space Station: IMAX shows how astronauts have jet-packs to help them get back to the Space Station or Space Shuttle should they become accidentally separated from where they are working. It’s quite interesting, and seems like we are getting closer and closer to things only imagined in science-fiction films.

The 3D effects are nice, especially in space. It brings the picture out similar to the world around us without resorting to a lot of gimmicks. I found it greatly beneficial watching that astronauts in space as they interacted in the space station as well as outside of it.

Space Station: IMAX is pretty tight, coming in at just 47 minutes. After watching it, I felt I had a deeper appreciation for what’s going on up there. The international cooperation and goodwill forged makes it a diplomatic asset as well as a scientific one. I recommend the movie to everyone as it’s probably the closest most of us will ever get to being in space.



© 2008 Patti Aliventi


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Viewing Format: DVD


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