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ADRENALINE & SERENGETI (article first published : 2004-09-25)

Currently showing at Imax at Gateway are two superb documentaries: The Adrenalin Rush and Africa: The Serengeti.

The opening sequence of graphics to The Adrenalin Rush is an adrenalin rush in itself. Filmed in the vast and unforgiving Mojave Desert in California and among the magnificent fjords of Norway, the documentary deals with people who love free-falling – either out of an aeroplane or off the top of a mountain. Sometimes from a height three times that of the Empire State Building in New York. Weird? Crazy? Perhaps, but the Imax technology allows you to fall with the flyer so you can feel a little of the mind-blowing experience from the safety of your comfortable and spacious Imax seat.

One of the most fascinating aspects of this documentary was the recreation of Leonardo da Vinci’s drawing of a parachute. Alright, it doesn’t look like a parachute – more of a pyramid shaped contraption filled with ordinary fabric and Senor da Vinci had no notion of the word “parachute”. However, as many of his other drawings were forerunners of equipment used today, a group of enthusiasts and scientists decided to test his vision. Some 515 years later, 21st century scientists are guided by a 15th century visionary!

Did it work? Of course it did. A truly thrilling sight to see this strange pyramid flying freely until the parachutist cut loose as planned because it had not been possible to ascertain the safety or otherwise of its landing. Good for Leonardo!

Africa: The Serengeti was a completely different type of documentary and one which did not use the Imax technology to the extent of the first film. However, it does give viewers an idea of the awesome vastness of the Serengeti Plains and its wildlife.

The documentary covered the extraordinary annual trek of wildebeest and buck north to Kenya and the Masai Mara for the oncoming rains and their return home. A quarter of a million wildebeest die on this journey, many perishing as they struggle to get up the banks of the now swollen rivers.

The photography is simply glorious and James Earl Jones’s narration gives the film that added edge. Much humour was to be found in a pride of lions with their young and another with hippo emerging from a river covered with water hyacinth.

For more information on the IMAX Experience, contact Toni-Kim Spradbury at IMAX, Gateway, on 031 566 4414/5 or visit www.imax.com - Caroline Smart




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