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By Ben Bateman
This IMAX feature documents the launch and subsequent repairs of the Hubble telescope, with a focus on the latest repairs performed in April of 2009. It covers the ground effort, as well as a quick review of the politics of repairing the telescope, but the heart of the film is its footage from space. The astronauts come across as surprisingly charming and goofy, and their footage of Hubble from the shuttle is undeniably cool. But while the trials of the astronauts are realistically colossal, the film’s attempts to add drama through narration—the team has encountered a stuck bolt!—undermines the gravity of their efforts. The other half of the film is the usual “tour of our galaxy and ineffably large universe,” though with fantastic visual flair. The vastness of space seems the perfect subject to fill the OMNIMAX’s gigantic screen, and the combination of computer-generated imagery and images from the space telescope itself is stunning.
  • Genres: Documentary
  • Running Time: 43 minutes
  • Release Date: Friday, March 19, 2010
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Critic's Score: 78
  • Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio [Narrator]
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