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Film Summary of Galapagos

bigImage Using IMAX 3D technology, Galapagos vividly documents an eight-week modern-day expedition to the islands made famous by Charles Darwin and the surrounding waters.  Part adventure, part scientific expedition, and part fantastic voyage, this unprecedented non-fiction film takes audiences on a journey with marine biologist Dr. Carole Baldwin, from the Smithsonian Institutions's Museum of Natural History, on her first trips to the famed Galápagos Islands.

Using Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution's research vessel, the SEWARD JOHNSON as the mother ship-and their high-tech submersible JOHNSON-SEA-LINK, the highly distinguished research and filmmaking team deploys technology light years ahead of the crude instruments Charles Darwin had at his disposal during his famous 1835 visit to the region.

Travelling to the equator and across the Pacific Ocean, the viewer arrives in the spectacular world of the Galápagos archipelago by air and by sea, just as every other species that has come before us during the past few million years.  Islands that appear as moonscapes with hardened swirls of black lava rock are in stark and other worldly in contrast to others that cradle lush green vegetation in their highlands. 

Giant Galápagos tortoises, marine iguanas, and unusual birds all appear tame and even curious about our presence.  Sea lion pups frolic with us in tidal pools, and schools of hammerhead sharks swim above, as we dive into the depths of the waters surrounding the islands.

A group of inquisitive moray eels emerge from their cave near an underwater lava tube to look at us, jaws gaping, just as we are looking at them.  Descending into the darkness of the ocean in a high-tech submersible, we gaze at luminescent sea cucumbers, brilliantly colored crustaceans, and species of animals no human has seen before.

Voyaging in this ever-changing environment, we join Dr. Baldwin and her partner Dr. Jim McCosker as they seek out answers to the remaining mysteries of biodiversity on our planet.

Witnessing the magnificence of the Galápagos in IMAX® 3D, we are immersed in a magical world that is still relatively new and evolving-a place which provides scientists with a window into the past and to a frontier for exploration.  And in perhaps the most spectacular sequence of all, we descend to depths of 3000 feet [915 m] with Dr. Baldwin to study biodiversity and the processes of evolution as part of an on-going effort by scientists to understand the forces which may ultimately affect the survival of our own species. 

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A Co-Production of the Smithsonian Institution and Imax Limited. Producers: Al Giddings and David Clark. Directors: Al Giddings and David Clark. Executive Producers: Laurence P. O'Reilly, Andrew Gellis, Peter Guber. Writers: Barry Clark and David Clark. Top-side Directors of Photography: Andrew Kitzanuk, Reed Smoot. Narrator: Kenneth Branagh. Featuring Songs and Music by: Mark Isham. Original Score Composed by: Mark Isham.


BMZ Reviews:

BMZ Review of Galapagos By Herb Lash

Scubavision By Ross Anthony

Outside Reviews:

"IMAX screen shows off beauty of Galapagos" By Lisa Willton, Calgary Sun

"Imax's 'Galapagos' Brings New Dimension to Nature" By Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

"Galapagos" By Elias Savada, Nitrate Online

"Evolution is ongoing" By George O. Singleton, Reel Movie

"Galapagos" By Christine James, Boxoffice Magazine

BMZ User Reviews

Rating: Good
Posted by: rxbolt
This movie showed less of Galapagos than others I have seen. It frequently, and clumsily, reminded the viewer that a female scientist ("Dr. Baldwin") was doing all these great things on the island. Gave no credit to her male colleagues, esp. the one who piloted their submersible to the bottom of the ocean. There are better documentaries about Galapagos. Sadly, it seems a now all-too-familiar agenda made this movie less than it could have been. ... Read More >>