This film definitely didn't pull any punches. It goes for the shock
treatment all the way. It just didn't seem to go very far with it.
The best part of this film was the way it followed the development of a certain
child to birth. We didn't start at conception, and that was a major
drawback, but I was amazed that the woman actually consented to give birth on an
IMAX screen! She emptied her heart in interviews, as well, but there was
too much of that, of her just sitting on her couch. Granted, it was quite
We also got plenty of interviews with other people, too. The kids were
fun to watch, especially talking about hormones. But I have never been a
fan of "a day in the life of" stories, and this one followed a family around.
But it didn't do it a whole lot. And interviews seem to be the wrong way
to use the giant screen!
The husband barely got any screen time at
all, just to show how the brain can send over-ride signals while we are doing
other things, like mindless driving.
The little girl didn't get anything until the end of the day -as she was
listening to loud music we were able to peer into an ear. And that was
another problem with this film: I am perfectly sure that this was not her ear we
were looking into. Why get emotionally invested if that's not the case?
The boy received the most screen time, as we watched him cycle to school
through an x-ray camera (or was that just an animation -it seemed way too
clean), and an infrared camera.
We got a good glimpse of the brain synapses, the heart (pretty cool), and
other parts inside the body. Much of it was animated, I think, but I can't
be sure. There were a lot of things that were just gross, and I have trouble
imagining that they were simulated at all. Popping a pimple on an IMAX
dome has got to be the grossest thing I've ever seen. But then there was
the half-full stomach, and the liver spurting bile, and the small intestine
gobbling up half-digested food. Take your pick.
The most fun came with the sperm and the egg. The sperm swam upstream
to a blues song, lamenting the fact that only dozens would reach the egg, and
that only one would enter! This leads to what is called the largest view
of a fertilized egg ever made.
There were other cool moments, as well, such as the aforementioned infrared
camera, showing the boy exhaling and removing his sweaty shoes, or the babies
being dunked into the pool showing the diving reflex, among others.
I think the producers were going for the gross factor most of all, though.
These things were big, more so than they would have been on the simple
IMAX screen -they were on the dome. The film was interesting, and tried very hard to be
entertaining. But it was offbeat enough to be a little unsettling.