Thursday, April 20, 2017

Amazon Adventure Movie Review

Calum Finlay stars in Amazon Adventure

A New Species

Smithsonian Plot: Amazon Adventure tells the epic, true story of explorer Henry Bates' (Calum Finlay) fascinating 11-year journey through the visually stunning and biodiverse Amazon rainforest as a young man who risks his life for science in the 1850s. Directed by Mike Slee.

It took 100+ scientists to tell a story about "a guy you've never hear of," but don't let that fool you. Amazon Adventure is a thoroughly entertaining tale... part documentary, part live-action, where Bates provides "such beautiful proof" of mimicry in nature, during a decade-long adventure in the oft-treacherous, unexplored Amazon rainforest. 45 minutes literally flies by, as Bates examines bird droppings that walk, leaves that fly and all sorts of other cool disguises/transformations. "Life is a constant game of hide and seek," but it takes a special movie to showcase it, without resorting to typical Hollywood tricks. Bravo.

Grade: B

Amazon Adventure opens tomorrow (April 21st) at the Samuel C. Johnson IMAX Theater at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Click here to purchase tickets.