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Extremophiles
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written by roguetech April 14, 2008 - 1:38 PM PDT
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This was a movie about one person's search for extremophiles in caves. Not about caves. No even much about the extremophiles.

weak with some pretty scenes
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written by nate April 13, 2004 - 2:41 PM PDT
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I was hoping for more caves and less talk, but unfortunately there were a lot of talking heads. A recurring low point is a fake website showing "loading..." followed by a simulated low resolution video of the teacher/caver explaining to her absent class what they saw in the cave.

On the positive side, the scenes in the Greenlandic ice caves are beautiful and the underwater caves in the Yucatan are pretty. Another review suggested that the "Making Of" extra was better, but unfortunately I didn't watch that. Instead, I watched the main feature and was disappointed.

Bonus Materials Make it Worthy
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written by underdog September 10, 2003 - 3:14 PM PDT
The problem with watching IMAX films at home, besides the obvious -- very few people have IMAX screens installed in their living rooms (I tried, but my landlord got upset when the delivery truck arrived and...anyway) -- is that these films are structured in a way that puts more emphasis on the "wow, look at that amazing shot" moments than on any kind of narrative momentum. This well-made documentary is no exception. The film does focus as much on the two women speleologists as on the amazing caves themselves -- and the two women are certainly interesting -- but is basically a series of caves that they explore. I was disappointed they didn't explore the cave in the Southwest to more depth -- that part was very brief. However, the photography is indeed striking and the ice cave in Greenland is quite memorable. And in addition, once you watch the Making of... documentary included on this disc -- which in my opinion was far more compelling than the main film itself (and almost as long) -- you'll understand why they couldn't get a ton of footage inside these caves. Those IMAX cameras are huge. The Making of... doc is interesting for anyone who wants to know more about how these IMAX nature films are put together, less interesting when the producers are yammering on, more compelling are the behind the scenes members of the crew and, again, the women themselves. Amateur cavers will find much to relish here; others may be disappointed by the short running time, but again, can make up for that by watching the extra doc.

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