Big Movie Zone Blog Press Releases Teacher's Guides Community
Community

User Reviews

Movie: Coral Reef Adventure
Posted by: serenegas
Rating: Excellent

Movie: Coral Reef Adventure
Posted by: jamesand
Rating: Good
The shots are beautiful. The not so subtle message is not. This movie had the potential to be great art, but fails miserably because of the preachy ness of its message. It is worth seeing because of the footage of under water beauty. The images of the dying reefs are powerful enough without the politicized sermon. A few words of explanation would have been more than enough, but in the end we are left with propaganda instead of art. One scene contains images of several small children with earnest expressions as the narrator tells us explicitly that the children depend upon a healthy reef. I found myself rolling my eyes as I was hit over the head with "the message". I care about children, but this scene tries too hard causing it to fail. Instead of being engaged by the movie I found it very disappointing.

Movie: Coral Reef Adventure
Posted by: jose.k
Rating: Excellent
For those who enjoy the underwater - diving or watching movies or video- this is a stunning big screen movie, with a good educational component. Directors Howard and Michelle Hall claim Rusi Vulakoro in Fiji is asking their help to check out some reef degradation. They survey reef and film coral reefs in Australia (but some of the Great Barrier Reef footage is actually shot in FIJI), Fiji, and French Polynesia (Moorea and Rangiroa).
 
These are all places I have dived and am quite familiar with in 47 years and 26 countries worth of diving (and I have dived with Rusi Vulakoro and visited the depicted Sawaieke village on Gau Island), so I can state without equivocation the footage is excellent and shows the marine riches that are there- and some reef degradation and dangers that are very real.
 
The footage is stunning, including soft corals and an excursion to the "twilight zone" (very, very deep) with deep explorer guru Richard Pyle and CIS Lunar rebreathers.
 
Some Criticisms - The Crosby Stills Nash and Young sounds get old, and the use of South African and more translated CSNY music makes one wonder why they did not use perfectly good Fijian and Tahitian music, especially since Rusi's sister is one of Fiji's top singers. I also wonder why the Halls felt they had to give everyone who appeared degrees or titles they do not have ("coral researcher" for a journalist, etc.), when there is no necessity- and in fact it unnecessarily takes away from the movie's credibility. 
 
But in the end, if you love the underwater- and over 2/3 of the planet is covered by water- go see this movie- the underwater scenery is superb, the perils quite real, the action (300 hammerhead sharks in Tiputa Pass) quite exciting. The Halls have filmed a spectacular big screen IMAX film!

Post Your Own Review

Register | Forgot Username/Password?



Review:


BMZ Community Username:


Your Password:


Rating:


Register | Forgot Username/Password?

Please Note: All user submitted reviews are subject to editorial approval. Reviews will be posted on the BMZ site at the discretion of BMZ's editors. Thank you for participating.

Post Your Own Review


Read Other User Reviews