Suiting Up, Taking Off and Space Patrol
The seven astronauts on the Hubble mission are heroic, compelling characters. But even more compelling is the film's extraordinarily beautiful footage -- shot by an astronaut with an IMAX camera or through the eyes of Hubble -- that takes us on awesome exploratory voyages into outer space.
We observe birthing stars, and those that are dying, and nebulae with gaseous emissions that spew far across the blackness of space like the gloriously colorful wings of a butterfly or look like an all-seeing eye with an iris that's bigger in diameter than our entire universe.
While we travel through these mesmerizing images, we listen to narrator Leonardo DiCaprio deliver -- in a tone that mixes just the right proportions of gravitas and wonder -- some of the scoop about what you're seeing. DiCaprio explains in easy-to-understand terms what it all indicates about the foundations and future of outer space.
Re-Entry and Getting Grounded
This cloud of information and the marvelous 3D images sweep by you and when the visceral experience of the movie is over -- in what seems like the blink of an eye (it's just 42 minutes long) -- you're left in a bit of a fog of curiosity about what star births and masses of gasses really are and what causes the phenomena you've just witnessed in space. You might think your lingering curiosity is the product of a film that's failed.
Quite the contrary! Hubble 3D is a wonderful stimulus for greater exploration and study. Use it as a point of departure for learning more about the Hubble Telescope, NASA and space exploration, and the conclusions that teams of scientists have drawn from Hubble's revelations.
One Hand Clapping
Sound waves, as we all know from physics 101, travel through media -- air or water, for example -- and volume varies according to the density of that media. So, what does the absence of media -- the vacuum of space -- sound like? I'd like to know.
It may be that the sound of space is something that cannot be transmitted through media as we know it. It may be that humans can't hear it. Maybe the sound or silence of space is something that calls for meditation -- like the sound of one hand clapping - but the subject isn't even referenced in the film, and that seems to be an oversight.
Not that the film lacks sound. It features a nonstop sound track of beautifully orchestrated, often rousing music that is, unfortunately, quite distracting. It doesn't drown out DiCaprio's voice, nor does it override the astronauts' comments, but it does pulls you out of the wonderous moments of being in space and disrupts the breathtaking virtual 3D adventure that Hubble 3D otherwise provides.
Music aside, this documentary is a genuinely thrilling trip. So, break out of cyberspace, don a pair of 3D specs and hop aboard Hubble 3D for a memorable journey to outer space.
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- Hubble 3D - 2010
- Director: Toni Myers
- US Theatrical Release Date: March 19, 2010 (IMAX)
- Running Time: 42 mins.
- Parental Advisory: Content advisory for parents
- Location: USA, Outer Space
- Language: English
- Production Country: USA
- Production Company: IMAX Space, Ltd.
- Distribution Company: Warner Bros./IMAX