Pin It
Favorite

Take Two 

by Sheri Boggs


It's probably not fair to critique an IMAX film the same way you'd critique the week's new releases. After all, IMAX is pure formula: jaw-dropping cinematography + family friendly/mildly educational subject x 45 minutes or so, all raised to the power of CV (celebrity voice) = new IMAX release. Still, the large movie format has yielded some surprisingly good films over the years, and I can't help but like their hypnotic effect.


But even among IMAX films, some are better than others. A thumbs-up rating for Mystery of the Nile comes with a strong caveat: The cinematography is gorgeous, but this isn't one of IMAX's better efforts. Part of it could be that there's too much here for one 44-minute ride. One movie alone could have been made about the river adventure: Pasquale Scaturro and Gordon Brown are to be commended for successfully completing a previously impossible feat -- running the entire Nile River from source to sea. The cinematographers effectively convey the challenges Scaturro and Brown faced, including unfamiliar river conditions, civil strife on land and journeying with a green crew comprised mostly of academics and journalists.


Besides, this is the Nile, with its rich cultural, historical and archaeological heritage -- plenty of material for another film altogether. The filmmakers spend a few moments on the Sphinx, the pyramids and the tomb of Ramses the Great (which was moved piece by piece in the 1960s to save it from being flooded after the construction of the Answar Dam).


The pace of the film is such that all of this is crowded into one very short piece. The elements are all compelling in their own right, but sketchy editing leaves some interesting stories unfinished (the account of a crocodile attack, for instance) and others strangely lacking a sense of urgency. The cinematography, however, is some of the best IMAX has to offer, and Mystery of the Nile, while ultimately not very mysterious, has something - from adventure to history -- to offer almost everyone.





Publication date: 03/10/05

  • Pin It

Latest in News

  • Robo-Reporter
  • Robo-Reporter

    Can robots take over local sports coverage?
    • May 20, 2015
  • Dude, Where's My Bike?
  • Dude, Where's My Bike?

    A new tool to protect your bicycle; plus, finding a new police ombudsman
    • May 20, 2015
  • The Contenders
  • The Contenders

    Candidates have filed to run for office in Spokane. Here's what's at stake
    • May 20, 2015
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun
The Battle of Deep Creek

The Battle of Deep Creek @ Medical Lake

Through May 25

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Sheri Boggs

  • Beer and Branding in PDX

    • Sep 15, 2005
  • Rural Revolution

    All the farms I remember from growing up in North Idaho and Eastern Washington were not what you'd call stylish. In fact, what I do remember are blocky sofas covered in that ubiquitous mauve upholstery, copper Jell-O molds lining the kitche
    • Jun 23, 2005
  • Indigenous Cinema

    Blame it on Kevin Costner. While he may have had good intentions with Dances With Wolves, you gotta wonder how many American Indians in the audience were asking themselves, "Why is this guy telling our story?" And while Costner's effort was
    • Jun 23, 2005
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • This Old House

    If it could talk, it could tell stories of three generations, along with a lot of griping from neighbors
    • Apr 29, 2015
  • On a Roll

    Just-announced reforms do little to safeguard Spokane against the danger of oil trains
    • May 6, 2015
  • More »

Top Tags in
News & Comment

Comment


Briefs


Publisher's Note


marijuana


education


© 2015 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation