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Ghosts of the Abyss



Review by: Katherine Kaminsky | Rating: Two

JAMES Cameron's Ghosts of the Abyss is a wonderful experience, whether alone, with kids, or on a date. Using 3D, the film is a shining example of 21st Century technology being used to explore a 20th Century tragedy.

Filmed by Titanic director and Oscar-winner, James Cameron, audiences are taken on a journey to the bottom of the ocean to find the real Titanic.

As you follow a crew of marine experts and historians, the 3D effect makes you feel as though you are actually there, and when the three man crew descends two and a half miles to the bottom of the ocean, you are literally swept away.

Ninety years after the White Star Liner sank, it still captures our interest and imagination.

There is something quite magical in this unprecedented event, when you see the sunken ship for the first time, still with an air of grandeur.

With the use of two robotic computers, nicknamed Jake and Elwood, audiences are given a full tour of the inside of the vessel, not seen by human eyes since the night of April 14, 1912.

This, interspersed with photos and footage of the ship, as well as reconstructions of the passengers and crew, which are superimposed over images of the wreck, brings the whole ship to life.

It's amazing, after all these years under water, how much of the Titanic is still intact.

Ghosts of the Abyss handles this human tragedy with a great deal of respect, highlighting the courage and bravery of those who gave their lives for others.

By the end, I not only felt I knew some of the passengers who had travelled on Titanic, but that I had also been part of the expedition exploring it, which, thanks to 3D, is as close as possible without getting wet.

Playing in Imax 3D cinemas across the country from April 16, 2003, Ghosts of the Abyss is part of the Science Museum's Imax cinema summer season, Extreme Exploration.

On May 16, the museum will open Titanic: The Artefacts Exhibition - a fascinating collection of authentic artefacts raised from the seabed, including the ships bell, rung when Titanic's lookout, Frederick Fleet, shouted 'Iceberg, right ahead'; an artificial iceberg, to highlight how cold it was in the Atlantic, and authentically-recreated first and third class cabins.

These will be intertwined with the real stories of those aboard Titanic.

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