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Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure is a giant-screen film that tells the dramatic true story of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton's now-legendary 1914-1916 British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. A testament to heroism and human endurance, the 28-man crew survived nearly two years in the Antarctic when its ship, the Endurance, was trapped and then crushed by pack ice. Written by
For those who are well versed in Shackleton's journey, this film may not be as powerful as you are hoping. This is a great film for introducing people to the reality of Shackleton's experience, but due to a lack of time (the real story would be a triple feature epic) and the need to cover all the important events, it is not a film that you could write an accurate book report on.
I loved the film; the cinematography is astounding (as expected), the narration by Kevin Spacey is well toned, and the real core of this courageous endeavor was more than just touched upon. It is a good film and definitely worth viewing for anyone interested in Antarctica, history, great expeditions, etc.
For anyone who is looking to understand the truly detailed harships that these men endured and to know the background of the expedition and to feel the foundation that makes this story one of history's greatest - do not get your hopes up. Read the books about Shackleton and learn why Endurance was more than just a prophetic name given to his ship.
However, if you just want to get the general overview of the journey while enjoying an impressive cinematic experience, then this film will surely exceed your expectations. It is a tribute to the story as well as to the IMAX experience.
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