A cinematic journey around the world to some of the most exotic and beautiful places that still exist and gives new insights into the Earth's diverse landscapes, peoples and animals. From the last remaining old growth forests of British Columbia, the snowy peaks and glaciers of Alaska, the red rock canyons of Utah and Arizona, the tropical jungles and underwater mysteries of Borneo, the ancient ruins of Thailand and remote deserts of Namibia to the white sand beaches of New Zealand.
This seductive visual tone poem portrays a world without pain, pestilence or aggression as it transports you to Namibia, British Columbia, Borneo and Thailand, among other locales in search of pictorial perfection. Few would argue with the Utopian dream of this Imax movie (released to coincide with Earth Day), which focuses on a few scattered people who still live in harmony with their environment and gently scolds the human race (in the voice of Robert Redford) for disturbing the precious balance of things. But the movie lacks contrast and its vision of nature is one-sided. Things you will not see in "Sacred Planet" include a limping animal, a vulture and a mosquito. Stephen Holden
2004-04-22 | Stephen Holden | Read the New York Times Review of Sacred Planet