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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
If you set a goal and commit yourself, you'll probably succeed. Also, humankind's ability to explore the furthest reaches of the planet is limited only by our imagination.
Positive Role Models
James Cameron is certainly open to adventure, and he inspires the crew of the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER to give their all. The crew is indefatigable and doesn't let setbacks hamper their progress.
Violence & Scariness
Some clips from Cameron-directed movies are action-packed and suspenseful. Also, one stormy day at sea is nerve-wracking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D documents director/explorer James Cameron's attempts to reach Challenger Deep, the bottom-most part of the Mariana Trench. It's an exhilarating expedition, punctuated by moments of peril (storms, tension, etc. -- all of which can seem a bit more intense in 3D), although there isn't too much here that will scare older kids or tweens. In fact, the movie is a celebration of the can-do attitude that has propelled explorers since time began, and kids of all ages are likely to find it inspiring and interesting. Expect a little bit of language along the lines of "damn." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
In a mostly chronological, fairly straightforward style, Cameron weaves an engrossing, relatable story about the yearning to explore and the passions that shape us. As a subject, Cameron lays himself bare, explaining why he's so driven to go underwater and allowing cameras to catch him when he hears bad news about two beloved colleagues.
What makes DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D truly engrossing, if a tad overlong, is the journey itself. The months leading up to the dive are far from flawless, but with every setback, the audience becomes more committed to seeing it through, mirroring what Cameron and his crew must have felt. It's a neat trick; the footage underwater is otherworldly and lovely, but not always exciting. (No deepsea monsters that would show up in the filmmaker's fictional films, for instance.) Not that it matters: It's the story of Cameron and his supporters that compels the most.
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