TO THE ARTIC 3D
Beautifully Shot but Flawed
Release Date: April 20, 2012
Starring: Narrated by Meryl Streep
Audience: All ages
Runtime: 40 minutes
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures/Time
Warner and IMAX Corporation
Director: Greg MacGillivray
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Greg MacGillivray, Shaun
Writer: Stephen Judson
Address Comments To:Jeffrey L. Bewkes, CEO, Time Warner
Barry M. Meyer, Chairman/CEO
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (New Line Cinema)
Jeff Robinov, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Group
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522-0001
Phone: (818) 954-6000
Greg Foster, Chairman/President, IMAX Corporation
3003 Exposition Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 255-5500; Fax: (310) 255-5501 and 315-1759
TO THE ARCTIC begins with some stunning 3D photography of snow falling, then of a huge ice flow in the Arctic during summertime. As usually happens during the summer, multiple waterfalls occur on the giant cliff faces of the ice flow.
To support its global warming hypothesis, the movie briefly interviews an Inuit Eskimo, a diver who explores beneath the ice flows and cavorts with walruses, and two scientists following the migration of the caribou herds. Eventually, it focuses on a polar bear mother and her two cubs as they search for food among the summer ice flows. The three polar bears also are shown fending off a male polar bear that wants to eat the cubs because he can’t find any seals to hunt.
The photography in TO THE ARCTIC is stunning. It takes a while, however, to get to the captivating story about the mother polar bear and her two cubs. Thus, the first half of TO THE ARCTIC is more like an informational documentary rather than a dramatic narrative. Though it does appear the Arctic ice is melting more, the extent and the causes are disputed by some scientists. It’s also unknown whether the melting will make our weather cooler or warmer. Warmer weather may help farmers grow more food, but cooler weather apparently kills more people.
Whatever the case, however, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution regarding this particular nature documentary until more facts become clear.
The photography in TO THE ARCTIC is stunning. It takes a while, however, to get to the captivating story about the mother polar bear and her cubs. Thus, the first half of TO THE ARCTIC is more like an informational documentary. Though it does appear the Arctic ice is melting more, the extent and causes are disputed by some scientists. Therefore, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for TO THE ARCTIC.