Deepsea Challenge 3D (2014)



Critic Consensus: 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
PG (language and brief disaster images)
Documentary , Special Interest
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Frank Lotito
as Giuseppe Buono
Lachlan Woods
as Jacques Piccard
Paul Henri
as Don Walsh
James Cameron
as Himself

Critic Reviews for Deepsea Challenge 3D

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (15)

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.

Full Review… | September 16, 2014
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.

Full Review… | September 16, 2014
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.

Full Review… | September 16, 2014
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

Full Review… | August 8, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 8, 2014
Christian Science Monitor
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In the end, the movie seems to be as much about James Cameron as anything else.

Full Review… | August 7, 2014
Newark Star-Ledger
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Audience Reviews for Deepsea Challenge 3D


Although more than anything this film felt like a tribute to filmmaker and explorer, James Cameron, it was still fascinating to watch how he reached the depths of the deepest oceans. I'm slowly learning that I'm a big underwater photography fan. Maybe it was after going diving the first time that triggered something in my mind.

Jonathan Grubbs
Jonathan Grubbs

An extremely well written and directed documentary that is very cool and well put together. The vision and drive of these people is incredible. Aside from a somewhat anticlimactic ending and repetitiveness it was a really good and interesting documentary.

Loyal DaBay
Loyal DaBay

An enjoyable documentary, but where was James Cameron half the time while they were actually building everything?

Cameron Johnson
Cameron Johnson

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