Here’s what I wrote on the imdb for Deep Sea 3D
If cavemen were thawed out from a block of ice and saw a program on a TV, they would look at eachother and say (in their cavemen tongue) “that’s magic!” If the same cavemen were at a screening of Deep Sea 3D at the IMAX theater they would rip out their own eyes and try to beat eachother to death with them because it is dark dark magic that will grab you by your very soul. I had been waiting a long time to see the sights in this film and I was not disappointed. But the keyword here is “sights.” Although this film definitely merits a 9 out of 10, there were a few small things that kept it from hitting that “10/10” mark.
I have no problem with Johnny Depp or Kate Winslet, or their voices. However, the back and forth narration with them basically finishing one another’s sentences was distracting.
I can understand why they added their own sound effects to “enhance” the movie, but it got a little over-the-top at times, and I think if one wasn’t particularly perceptive they might not realize that what they were hearing was essentially special effects added to a nature documentary. Now don’t tell me “well 3D is a special effect too but you’re not complaining about that!” The difference is, they are up front about the 3D effect. Simply adding a disclaimer at the beginning of the film to the effect of “some audio effects have been added” would have been a nice gesture.
I know IMAX films are expensive to produce, and I guess it could be interpreted as a compliment when one comes out of a movie saying “I wish there were more,” but it really was too short. As long as you know when you’re shelling out your $11.50 that you’re only getting 45 minutes, you’ll be okay. (Really, for me, the bits with the humboldt squid and the pacific octopus made it money well spent)
So apart from these minor annoyances, Deep Sea 3D is definitely something you should treat yourself to in the theaters while you can! Hopefully in a couple of years they’ll have the expertise to give us a 3D IMAX film about the weird and grotesque sea creatures in the abyss!