Under the Sea 3D (U)

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Howard Hall
Jim Carrey

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Review byMatthew Turner11/02/2009

Three out of Five stars
Running time: 40 minutes

Entertaining, beautifully shot undersea documentary with stunning 3D effects and a worthy environmental message, this is exactly like deep sea diving only without all that tedious faffing about with wetsuits and diving equipment.

What's it all about?
Showing only in IMAX cinemas, Under the Sea 3D uses the latest 3D technology to explore deep sea environments such as the Great Barrier Reef, South Australia and the Coral Triangle islands of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. Directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Howard Hall (the first person to take an IMAX 3D camera underwater), the film is narrated by Jim Carrey and presents a timely environmental message alongside its stunning footage of undersea life.

The various denizens of the deep include: great white sharks, green sea turtles, flamboyant cuttlefish, leafy sea dragons, giant stingrays, jellyfish, six-foot garden eels and some impossibly cute Australian sea lions.

The Good
The 3D effects are genuinely impressive, ensuring that the experience of watching the film is as close as possible to actual deep sea diving – young children in particular will be delighted and even adults will be hard pressed not to find themselves reaching out and attempting to touch the creatures as they swim in front of you. That said, it's a good thing that the film is only 40 minutes long, because it's hard to focus on some of the scenes and you might end up with a slight headache.

Jim Carrey proves a surprisingly decent narrator, though, happily, he does throw in a couple of jokey comments for good measure. The film's environmental message is also hammered home with just enough force, without being over the top.

The Bad
The only real problem with the film is that its child-friendly certificate prohibits any exciting 3D footage of great white sharks in action. It's genuinely thrilling to be up close and personal with a great white shark, but you do end up hoping it will attack a seal during the impossibly cute seal moments.

Worth seeing?
Under the Sea 3D is a well made undersea documentary that's well worth seeing for the 3D experience.

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