Space Station (IMAX)
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SPACE STATION is the first cinematic journey to the International Space Station (ISS), where audiences can experience for themselves life in zero gravity aboard the new station. The audience blasts off into space with the astronauts and cosmonauts from Florida's Kennedy Space Center and Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome to rendezvous with their new home in orbit 220 miles above Earth. SPACE STATION is a story of challenges, setbacks and triumphs and ultimately, the shared international victory of men and women whose dreams exceed the limits of life on this Earth.]]>
The partnership with NASA and IMAX films continues with a tour of the next step in space exploration: the International Space Station (ISS). Sixteen countries helped build this giant station (still being built upon the film's release in 2004). We see the first building blocks being constructed, including shots from inside the slick NASA shuttle launches to the friendly informalities of the Russian program. The crystal-clear pictures of the station and the Earth are the best aspects of this film. The entertaining footage delivers human elements, but sometimes the carefulness of experimentation makes for boring photography; a test of a super-cool jet pack has the astronaut moving mere inches. To the film's benefit, the narrator is Tom Cruise with a script tailored to his strong suits (the first line of "What an incredible sight!" is vintage Cruise). The film is also so light on its feet with a nice dose of music, including "Up on the Roof" and the Talking Heads "Naive Melody," that it makes up for the staginess of some of the scenes. The film was shown in 3-D in theaters but only 2-D for home video. --Doug Thomas
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The 3-D effects are so real that at times you feel you are actually on the space station. I will recommend this to anyone who has a 3D setup.
I have two reasons for giving it only four stars. First, I wish they had had more scenes of the interior of the space station, to show what life is like in free fall. One scene shows a man shaving with a safety razor. In our world, if he wants to momentarily have that hand free, he would put the razor down on the sink. In free fall, you just let go of it in the air two feet from your face and it will stay there, perhaps rotating slowly. I would have wanted more like that, and fewer long shots of the exterior where you don't see much 3D anyway. Secondly, I wish they had explained things more. NASA, in all its publicity material, has always been careful not to overestimate the intelligence or curiosity of the average American, and we see that influence here. For example, in one scene they show an astronaut exercising while he breathes pure oxygen, so he won't get the bends when he goes out in a space suit. Well, why would you get the bends from that? Obviously the pressure in the space suit is less than normal atmospheric pressure. Well, how much less, and why did NASA decide to do it that way? NASA thinks most viewers have zero curiosity about details like that, and who knows, maybe they're right.
Footage of the first Soyuz launch was spectacular. But, having witnessed many spectacular, live shutlle launches, the film missed a golden opportunity by omitting any footage of a shuttle launch.
After a while, the film tends to drag thru more boring shots of crewmembers floating thru the station, sleeping, etc.However, the incredible 3D photography more than offsets that negative.
IMO any of the outside space scenes are awesome, inside shuttle and ISS are good and the rest is ok.
The subject matter on the other hand is great! So if you are picking this up both because you want to see a documentary on the ISS AND you want the experience to be enhanced by 3D, get it! If you are getting it to be blow away by 3D alone, then it might not be the best choice.
(he may had been OK in Top Gun but not in the events relating to the Space Station).
At least after a while, the astronauts themselves were relating their own actions throughout this movie.
During the time that Tom Cruise was in his personal egoistic mood, this movie were as if in 2D; but thereafter the 3d took effect with some gorgeous snapshots of the Astronauts, Space Station and Surroundings.
Overall, I do recommend this IMAX: Space Station (Single Disc Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray Combo) as it's worth the few cents you're paying; believe me as I am a Retired Royal Australian Air Force Member.