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:: Deep Blue

Deep Blue reveals an alien world on our own planet, a deep blue realm full of creatures stranger than fiction. This new motion picture compiles BBC footage shot over several years in more than 200 locations around the world.

From the rainbow of life inhabiting shallow coral reefs, to mysterious deep-sea dwellers and majestic giants, Deep Blue is visually spectacular. Much of the footage has never been seen before and will amaze even natural history enthusiasts. In one scene we see a storm as it appears beneath the waves, battering the kelp forests and stirring up the sand. In another, we journey into a deep-sea trench, where luminescent monsters silently patrol.

To survive the enormous pressure at these depths, a highly strengthened submersible had to be constructed. Thanks to this technology, the filmmakers discovered two new species that humans have never seen before.

Acclaimed actor Michael Gambon provides some unintrusive narration, but for the most part a musical score guides us through the drama. The result is mixed. On the one hand, the music transforms the ocean world into a ballet of living creatures, full of joyous dolphins and sinister sharks. On the other, it leaves exciting and bizarre footage unexplained and our curiosity unsatisfied.

It tries to be more than pretty pictures but never claims to be a documentary in the tradition of David Attenborough’s series The Blue Planet. Ultimately, Deep Blue has far more in common with Walt Disney’s Fantasia than a serious nature film. It is however breathtaking, and stimulates our imagination as well as our interest.