CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

"Ancient Caves" is modern Adventure

As Mom slept on the couch, Dad and I would watch westerns and war movies on a Friday or Saturday night. "The Guns of Navarone" and "Operation Crossbow" featured action in caves. Dad and I were also fans of the "The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau" which presented action with environmental concerns. Now five decades later, the spectacle of "Ancient Caves" on the five story screen in 3 D is the fulfillment of watching movies with my Dad.

"Ancient Caves" brings science and adventure together as the film follows Dr. Gina Moseley, a young paleoclimatologist from the United Kingdom, on a mission to unlock the secrets of the earth's climate in the most unlikely of places: caves.

Moseley and her team of cave explorers travel the world exploring vast underground worlds in search of stalagmite samples—geologic "fingerprints"—that reveal clues about the planet's climate history over the last 500,000 years. Their quest leads them to some of the world's most remote caves, both above and below the water, in France, Iceland, the Bahamas, the U.S. and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, where they study how rapidly Earth's climate can change, and how it has affected human civilization.

Together, they go where very few humans have ever gone before, revealing the incredible lengths scientists will go to study the unknown. During the past billion years, the Earth's climate has experienced great fluctuations between warm and cold periods. Ice Ages have caused giant glaciers to cover much of the Earth, only to recede, and then come back again.
Like the rings from a tree, this scientist studies stalagmite samples which reveal geological footprints of Planet Earth. In finding the most pure stalagmite samples, this scientist organizes teams of divers to the underwater caves in France, Iceland, the Bahamas, the Yucatán Peninsular and the United States.

From the wide open spaces of these locales to the claustrophobia of underwater caves, "Ancient Caves" delivers thrills and realistic drama. Bryan Cranston provides substantial narration that both entertains and educates, without being pretentious. Go see "Ancient Caves" on the Big IMAX screen in 3D on the Big IMAX screen at Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale or check here for an IMAX Theater near you.
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