Sunday, February 17, 2013
IMAX: Hubble (Hubble 3D) by Toni Myers, 2010 (G)
with Leonardo DiCaprio (Marvin's Room, Titanic, Shutter Island, J. Edgar), K. Megan McArthur, Scott D. Altman, Michael T. Good, John M. Grunsfeld, Gregory C. Johnson, Michael J. Massimino, Andrew J. Feustel
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio narrates this awe-inspiring documentary that takes viewers on a visually stunning IMAX 3-D journey to explore the faraway galaxies viewed by the Hubble Space Telescope in its travels throughout the cosmos. During the mission, astronauts walk in space, contend with successes and setbacks, view nebulae and galaxies, observe the birth of a star, witness a powerful supernova and much more.
Space is fascinating, expanded to such a scale the human mind cannot possibly think we are alone in the universe. Telescope Hubble is the best eye we have to see what lies beyond our own eye limit. The documentary showcase the preparation of the astronauts for the mission, amazing shots of the astronauts replacing the lens to improve the vision of Hubble, their impressions while in the mission, mostly the after-work relieve, the mindset they have to have during the duration of the repairs (no replacement pieces, and extreme sensitivity of the equipment), and finally, the space images collected by Hubble. The beginning is interesting and technical, while they are training. When they go to space, the narration goes through the technical description of what the astronauts are fixing on Hubble, but the visuals are not very good, and if you are not an expert, it is incomprehensible. The parts in the shuttle are more entertaining, because it is about how you live in a confined place, with no gravity. The real moment of the movie is when you finally see the new images collected by Hubble thanks to the upgrades of this last mission. The voice over of DiCaprio is taking this time a more mainstream approach so everyone can really understand, sometimes too simple... it doesn't matter. The images collected are of such a beauty, with such meaningful content (such as the birth of a star, of a solar system, young stars versus dieing stars, the galaxies, dark holes...), that nothing else really matter. This is when you really feel the limits of the universe are beyond are imagination and therefor the possibility of other lifeforms quite realistic. Now the question is: when will we finally achieve travel at a faster paste than what we have so far, to allow ourselves to reach to further limits?