Deepsea Challenge 3D

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Deepsea Challenge 3D is more of a tribute to director James Cameron than a true nature documentary, but it still boasts enough passion and visual thrills to make for an immersive viewing experience.



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As a boy, filmmaker James Cameron dreamed of a journey to the deepest part of the ocean. This film is the dramatic fulfillment of that dream. It chronicles Cameron's solo dive to the depths of the Mariana Trench-nearly seven miles beneath the ocean's surface-piloting a submersible he designed himself. The risks were astounding. The footage is breathtaking. JAMES CAMERON'S DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D is a celebration of science, courage, and extraordinary human aspiration. (C) National Geographic

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Frank Lotito
as Giuseppe Buono
Lachlan Woods
as Jacques Piccard
Paul Henri
as Don Walsh

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  • While watching Cameron get in touch with his inner Jacques Cousteau won't be to everyone's taste, fans of the director and oceanography gearheads should swoon to the immersive, visually spectacular images of the ocean floor.

    Sep 16, 2014 | Full Review…

    Scott Foundas

    Top Critic
  • Adjust your documentary-watching gauge closer to Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom and further away from "Werner Herzog discovers one of the last unspoiled places left on earth," and you'll have a perfectly enjoyable time.

    Sep 16, 2014 | Full Review…

    Alonso Duralde

    Top Critic
  • If the three hours of filming Cameron did in the Trench yield little obvious drama, the story of how the Deepsea Challenger reached those depths makes up for it.

    Sep 16, 2014 | Full Review…
  • [James] Cameron... encourages a we're-all-in-this-together camaraderie among his team. The fact remains, however, that he is the only one who actually gets to go on the big adventure, and that most of his associates are being paid to indulge his whims.

    Aug 22, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The film seems to gloss over meaningful logistics of the expedition - such as funding, design and assemblage of the bathyscaphe Deepsea Challenger - as well as the scientific discoveries made from the specimens it collected.

    Aug 8, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Although he didn't encounter anything other than barrenness, he did bring back to the surface 100 new species of microorganisms. I hope National Geographic appreciates the effort.

    Aug 8, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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