Thrill Ride: The Science Of Fun

  • 1997
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Documentary

Not exactly a stinker, but this IMAX spectacle is nothing to write home about either. While the film states its intentions to "chart the history of the roller coaster" right up front, most of its 40-minute running time is devoted to cursory glances at a dizzying number of potentially-fascinating subjects. A crusty 49er type hosts some silly, documentary-as-thrill-ride...read more

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Not exactly a stinker, but this IMAX spectacle is nothing to write home about either. While the film states its intentions to "chart the history of the roller coaster" right up front, most of its 40-minute running time is devoted to cursory glances at

a dizzying number of potentially-fascinating subjects. A crusty 49er type hosts some silly, documentary-as-thrill-ride footage, while a conventional narrator tells us everything we ever wanted to know about flight, film making, flight simulators, motion simulators and virtual reality rides. Each

time the subject starts to become engaging, the attention-deficit-disorder structure demands that we be whisked off into another loud rehash of special effects shots from previous movies. Most of the segments have a pedantic tone that can only undermine the enjoyment factor for kids -- who wants

to watch an IMAX classroom documentary? The whole thing seems to be the product of technically proficient individuals who don't quite understand some very basic things about making movies: the only truly exhilarating moments come during point-of-view sequences shot on real roller coasters, and

they only take up one-sixth of the film's total length. Viewers may find the rest of the ride rough going.

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  • Released: 1997
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Not exactly a stinker, but this IMAX spectacle is nothing to write home about either. While the film states its intentions to "chart the history of the roller coaster" right up front, most of its 40-minute running time is devoted to cursory glances at a d… (more)

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