From the vantage point of outer space the movie Blue Planet presents photographic images of the planet earth. Although only a few people really have the opportunity to study the earth from the vantage point of the heavens, this movie gives us the opportunity to discover the planet without going to the outer space. In this movie you will be inspired by the life teeming in the planet while at the same time be made aware of the effects of ozone depletion and pollution.
This movie is not only about nature, it’s also about technology. The movie uses IMAX technology which uses an image three times larger than standard 70mm film and ten times larger than 35mm film. The jaw-dropping images will definitely amaze both young and old, as the resulting movie can be projected on screens the height of an eight-story building with stunning clarity, giving everyone a view of the earth which was once only available to astronauts. From this vantage point, we can discover clearly the forces that affect our lives here – typhoon, earthquake, volcanoes and perhaps the most powerful of all, we the humankind.
The filmmakers also filmed the ground in order to present a different point of view of the same event. You can see beaches which would typically be featured in your favorite snorkeling vacation guide, cities packed with people and forests teeming with creatures of all kinds. The effects of typhoons are also presented giving a shocking effect. When a hurricane strikes, what used to be beaches with crystal clear waters are now angry and hostile places, you can’t even see a thing even with your best snorkel gear. Overnight, homes that are in the path of hurricane are destroyed living only portions of what was ones a lovely place that housed families.
The movie gives a sobering look at the only habitable planet in the solar system. It is the only thing that we have and the alternatives are not that promising. Some planets are too hot while others are too cold to support life. Realizing this gives the viewer a reminder of our stewardship considering that its natural resources are dwindling faster than the earth is able to replenish. Living responsibly is no longer a second option, it is the only option considering that this is the only home that we’ve got.
With this in mind, it seems that war and pestilence is the enemy that needs to be eradicated from our existence. When you look at the deforested portions of Madagascar where the muddy water slides into the sea, you will stop and ask, ìWhat have we done to our planet?î The high-tech distant eye gives a sobering picture which will awaken the care that lies deep within each and every one of us.
All in all Blue Planet is a good movie. The combination of high technology and nature accomplished its purpose to bring home a message of stewardship. It’s ideal for family viewing and if you haven’t seen IMAX before, prepare to be amazed.