JOURNEY INTO AMAZING CAVES
Big caves on the giant screen. This Imax documentary records the exploits of two fearless
and fervent cavers, Dr. Hazel Barton and Nancy Aulenbach, as they explore some of the most
beautiful, remote and unchartered places on Earth.
Reviewed by Brad Green:
She goes in search of “extremophiles that make chemical weapons”. No she’s
not some female James Bond seeking to quietly liquidate a Saddam or Osama, she’s Dr.
Hazel Barton, speleologist, microbiologist and totally fearless caver. The extremophiles
she seeks are the microbes that manage to survive in the least hospitable places on earth;
and the chemicals they produce can hold the key to miraculous medical advances.
That’s the practical side to caving, but it’s also one big adventure.
Like most Imax productions, you can learn a little here and get entertained a lot. Dr.
Hazel and her caving cohort Nancy Aulenbach have no qualms about abseiling down hundreds
of feet of escarpment and take us along for the tour. Our mode of transport comprises
dizzying camera angles that shimmy over precipes, race along overwhelming gorges and stick
their lenses into some of the most awe-inspiring grottos on the planet. Some of these
caves are big, some of them are of pure ice, some are underwater and nearly all of them
Accompanied by a grandiose soundtrack that gives the impression Carl Orff and Richard
Wagner got together to remix the Moody Blues, and narrated by Liam Neeson who tunes the
vocal box down a couple of pitches for an appropriately distinguished tone, we get the
standard Imax package of part cinema part themepark ride. And what a fun-filled ride it
is. After all, how often do we get a chance to rappel down a ravine without an ounce of
real danger, or kayak down Arizona torrents without even getting our clothes wet?
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JOURNEY INTO AMAZING CAVES (G)
NARRATOR: Liam Neeson
CAST: Nancy Holler Aulenbach, Hazel Barton
DIRECTOR: Stephen Judson, Greg MacGillivray
PRODUCER: Stephen Judson, Greg MacGillivray
SCRIPT: Jack Stephens
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Greg MacGillivray, Gordon Brown, Howard Hall, Brad Ohlund, Wes Skiles
EDITOR: Stephen Judson
MUSIC: Daniel May, Steve Woods
RUNNING TIME: 38 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: IMAX
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: February 28, 2002 (Sydney; Melbourne tba)
RIVERSIDE SCREEN PREMIERES
A program of premiere screenings of new movies prior to their commercial release
on 6 consecutive Tuesdays, starts February 17, 2015 at Riverside Theatre,
Curated & presented by Andrew L. Urban, discussion to
follow with special guests. Briefing notes provided.