I went to see James Cameron's 3-D IMAX documentary "Ghosts of the
Abyss" today. Very impressive.
The feat in filmmaking is impressive enough in itself - developing new
technology especially for this film, Cameron is accompanied by a group
of scientists and narrator Bill Paxton in exploring the Titanic and
taking us along for the ride in spectacular 3-D on an obscenely huge
Two little camera vehicles (nicknamed Jake and Elwood) have been
developed to actually allow us to basically take a trip through the
remains of the Titanic, while we are shown what it used to like
compared with what it looks like now. This is impressive enough
footage on its own, but using the IMAX and 3D technology it is out of
this world. The real world has never seemed so exciting!
In addition, this is augmented with stories of Titanic's crew and
passengers, compared with the rooms in which they stayed or worked,
telling tales of ordinary people in an extraordinary situation.
Like all the best documentaries, some of the most memorable moments
happen by accident. Examples include the rescue of one the robots
which suffers a power failure and gets stuck inside the Titanic, and
the crew of the sub returning to the surface to learn about the WTC
attacks, putting their own mission in perspective.
I'm not a massive fan of Cameron, but his technical know-how is never
in doubt and is never more in evidence than in this film. A couple of
thousand feet below the surface Cameron has managed to turn a piece of
history into something every bit as impressive as any of his
Throughout, the film is far more natural and sincere than the popcorn
no-brain antics of Titanic and is a richer film for it. In fact, I'd
say this is probably one of Cameron's finest achievements.
Worth seeing if you happen to have an IMAX cinema anywhere near you!