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Adrenaline Rush: The Science of Risk (2002)

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Adrenaline Rush: the Science of Risk takes a look at the world of skydiving and base jumping - parachuting from a building, a bridge or a cliff. While providing breathtaking views of ... See full summary »



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Adrenaline Rush: the Science of Risk takes a look at the world of skydiving and base jumping - parachuting from a building, a bridge or a cliff. While providing breathtaking views of skydiving over the Florida Keys, the Mojave Desert and in the magnificent Fjords of Norway, this giant-screen experience explores the psychological and physiological forces behind risk-taking, and the physics involved in these activities. In doing so, it also shows us how risk-taking is part of everyday life. The storyline focuses on two risk-takers, Adrian Nicholas and Katarina Ollikainen. Nicholas, a veteran skydiver who has performed thousands of jumps, is the record holder for the longest unassisted human flight, a 4-minute 55-second flight at speeds of up to 200 kilometers/hour that took place in 1999. Adrenaline Rush even allows spectators to directly experience a base jump thanks to a camera strapped to one of the professional jumpers who took part in the film. You can live through a 1300-meter (... Written by Sky High Entertainment

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Release Date:

11 October 2002 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Adrenalin  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$118,223 (USA) (11 June 2004)


$10,994,028 (USA) (3 February 2006)

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1.33 : 1
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Great documentary, cinematography, music... awesome!
10 July 2004 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

The best IMAX movie I've ever seen. There's this mile-high sheer cliff with 4 guys in parachutes ready to jump off... you're in a helicopter directly overhead looking straight down on them as they jump... the visuals are dizzying at this and other points.

The story revolves around a group of people called "base jumpers", which means jumping off something attached to the ground. Cliffs, buildings, bridges over deep gorges... anything goes. They also jump out of airplanes, and do some amazing aerobatics.

The "science" part of the story involves describing in simple language how an adrenaline high is a natural high that some people desperately crave for biochemical reasons. They team up with some scientists trying to see if Leonardo da Vinci's centuries-old design of a parachute will work. They actually built it, hang a person off it, and lift both up to 10,000 feet using a hot-air balloon. Then they drop it and... you get to see what happens. Did Leonardo successfully design the world's first parachute, centuries before the first aircraft flight? You be the judge.

The music, visuals, cinematography, and story are all excellent. If you see just one IMAX movie in your life, see this one. Forget "Dinosaurs in 3D" and others, which are mostly crap. See this one.

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