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Rescue: IMAX 3D

With every major leap in the technology used by the entertainment industry demonstration are prepared to amaze the public with the new features. When the talkie hit in the late nineteen twenties the musical was born; color film was shown in the string of Technicolor extravaganzas. Even wide screen movies created to combat the intrusion of television in the market gave rise to road show exhibitions complete with the hoopla and media attention to excite the audience. The latest advancement in entertainment is sweeping both the cinema and home theaters; 3D. It required a certain threshold of video resolution and processing power but once high definition display and computer power was readily available the technology took hold. This is not the 3D from the mid-fifties with the cheap cardboard cellophane lenses, this if high definition and brilliant color palettes. At the cutting edge of the theatrical side is IMAX. Beginning in 2002 this format has been blazing the trail in top notch presentations. The development of specialized equipment and new methodologies for audio and 3D video reproduction this is the gold standard in entertainment. Home systems are quickly catching up with 3D systems becoming increasingly popular. Not only does my living room system display 3D, my latest laptop has active 3D onboard. One film I received was perfect to testing these systems and impress my friends and family; ‘Rescue: IMAX 3D’. This is classified as a special interest movie but it more than meets the requirements of a demonstrative piece to show the added depth afforded by this new format. ‘Rescue: IMAX’ is not just something you use to impress others, it stands as an exciting, compelling movie that will enthrall the entire family not only with its effects but, more importantly, its content. I thought it was just a showcase piece; it was an amazing piece of entertainment.

Unlike most movies prepared specifically for entertainment ‘Rescue’ is not based on some contrived set of circumstances or a fictional catastrophe, the events depicted here are real, literally ripped from the headlines. The people at the center of the action are not Hollywood actors or stuntmen; they are the real life heroes that live among us. There is an old saying "when the going gets tough, the tough get going’; this film is the validation of these words and remains as a tribute not only to the four individuals highlighted both the thousands of men and women who risk their lives on a daily basis to protect and save others. This movie hit a personal note with me. The man I admired most in the world was my father-in-law who served for thirty three years as a New York City fire fighter. Extraordinary feats of heroism were a day at work for him. In similar spirit this movie is a slice of what these dedicated people routinely accomplish.

The four people followed in this documentary are; Capt. Lauren Ross (US Air Force) Maj. Matthew Jonkey (Nevada Army National Guard), Stephen Heicklen (volunteer firefighter FEMA) and Commander Peter Crain (Canadian Forces Maritime Command).

Captain Ross pilots a large transport plane used to bring large quantities of life saving food, medical supplies and other necessities right to where they can do the most good, the site of any devastation. Major Jonkey commands a National Guard unit standing ready for deployment to a disaster area to assist in safety and security efforts. Firefighter Heicklen is brought in to help in the critical search and rescue operation while Commander Crain risks the turbulent seas for maritime support. The first half of the film follows each of these people on a more or less routine time serving as an introduction to the audience. To further separate this documentary from the make believe of Hollywood you are introduced to the daily lives of these professions both even better the audience receives a personalized look at the people behind the jobs. These are not characters in a flick noted in the credits as fireman #1; this film brings home the point that these are real people with families and lives outside their professions.

While a film crew was already onsite filming the Canadian Destroyer, HMCS Athabaskan, where Commander Cain was serving when a major catastrophe struck. As circumstances played out the film crew came in contact with the others who were also rushing to the scene. The event that brought them together was one of terrible consequences and loss of life, the Haiti earthquake. On January 10, 2010 the tiny island was struck with a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 quake. It was followed by several dozen aftershocks that devastated the region leaving three million people affected. The remainder of the movie concentrates on the relief and rescue efforts performed by the quartet of truly heroic individuals.

The film was directed by Stephen Low who has built his career specializing in IMAX spectaculars. He brings that expertise to full use here achieving incredible results. His experience is invaluable considering the intensely serious nature of the subject matter. This fact is never forgotten or trivialized throughout the film. The greatest respect is afforded the victims so the viewers don’t forget although the movie depicts rescues so many more died as a direct result of this massive earthquake. The professionalism of the four is clear but also is the humanity and concern they bring to their work. The 3D illusion of depth is starling. There are several planes of depth noticeable giving a realistic and natural look and feel. I watched this film both on my passive 3D television and active format laptop and both methods exceeded expectations. The colors were vibrant and there was no loss of the details that we normally associate with a high definition 1080p resolution.

About The Rescuers - Interviews And Background Information About The Lifesavers Featured in the Film

Posted 12/12/12

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