Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D (2005)



Critic Consensus: This inspirational 3D IMAX film approximates for audiences what it is like to set steps on the moon.

Movie Info

Audiences will be transported to the surface of the moon to walk alongside the 12 extraordinary astronauts who have been there, experiencing what they saw, heard, felt, thought and did. Presented and narrated by Tom Hanks, 'Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D' features never-before-seen photographs, previously unreleased NASA footage, CGI imaging and live-action renditions of the lunar landscape. It is sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corporation and filmed with the cooperation of the … More

Rating: G
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary
Directed By:
Written By: Christopher Cowen, Christopher G. Cowen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 6, 2007
Box Office: $32.5M
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as Narrator

as Director

as Pete Conrad

as Gene Cernan

as Al Shepard

as Jim Irwin

as Dave Scott

as Beta Station Command...

as Neil Armstrong

as Ed Mitchell

as Helium 3 Commander

as Jack Schmitt

as John Young

as Buzz Aldrin

as Charles Duke

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Critic Reviews for Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (14)

Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon is an earnest but insubstantial Imax 3-D spectacle that, even at 40 minutes, seems unduly padded.

Full Review… | October 6, 2005
Top Critic

The illusion is impressive but incomplete, and therefore mildly disappointing. But I cannot deny having felt a little nervous when 'we' were standing too close to the edge at the Grand Canyon-like Hadley Rille. So clearly I am a liar.

Full Review… | September 23, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

One of the astronauts describes his excitement during the lunar mission as 'like a kid playing in a sandbox.' Unfortunately, that could also sum up the film's visual content.

September 23, 2005
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Adults will be more than passably entertained by this short, patriotic feature, and kids will be entranced.

September 23, 2005
New York Post
Top Critic

Playful, inspirational.

Full Review… | September 23, 2005
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Offers the most realistic approximation of a moon visit that Earthbound mortals have ever seen.

Full Review… | September 23, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D


Caught this on a recent trip to the Kennedy Space Center, so there's nothing like being there to enhance your experience! This IMAX documentary is one of a series of excellent films made about one of humankind's great adventures: The moon missions. It takes you from the origins through a lot of footage from the later missions that you may not have seen, and supplements the real footage with technically excellent simulations and re-enactments. Like its close cousin, From the Earth To The Moon series, its an inspirational and sometimes harrowing tale of the journey to our nearest neighbor. It's calculated to inspire, and it does. The sheer magnitude of what was accomplished is still pretty staggering. If you watch this and are not moved by the experience, then you either never saw any of the space program coverage over the last 40 years, or you just aren't awake. The kids in the film can't name the astronauts that did it, but it still captures their imagination and that nothing is impossible.

Great narration, photography, and science fact.


Mark K

Super Reviewer

This was really good and should appeal to everyone who isn't a space nut. Really opened the doors for the kids and interested them into learning more about the Apollo program and space exploration.

Amazingly made, superbly edited and it is always fascinating. Interesting scenarios, great narration. Excellent.

James Higgins

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