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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 »


Marc Fafard


Marc Fafard





Credited cast:
Charles Bryan Charles Bryan ... Himself
Jon Devore Jon Devore ... Himself
Cameron Monaghan ... Himself
George Morris George Morris ... Narrator (voice) (as George Marris)
Adrian Nicholas ... Himself
Katarina Olikainen Katarina Olikainen ... Herself
Mike Vail Mike Vail ... Himself


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) See more »

Also Known As:

Adrenalin See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$118,223, 11 June 2004

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The production was filmed on 65mm 15 perf & 8 perf Kodak film stocks using Iwerks Cinema Products & MSM cameras The skydiving cameramen filmed in 35mm 8 perf Kodak film stocks, using custom body mounted Beaucams. Show was initially released on 70mn 15 perf prints in IMAX theaters. See more »

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Tacking "science" onto stock IMAX footage
30 November 2004 | by peterfehrsSee all my reviews

Disappointing. With a title like "Adrenaline Rush" in a big IMAX theater, what might you expect to see? Car racing? Being in a burning building? Bungee jumping? Flying in a jet at mach two? Mountain climbing?

No? How about skydiving? Lots and lots of skydiving. And then more skydiving. First day at school. More skydiving. Cliffjumping. Skydiving. Hokey end. Credits.

This is the worst IMAX film I've ever seen. The beginning, with Peter Gabriel/Afro Celt's "Falling" is promising, but all that promise falls apart when the narrator calls one of the skydivers a "genius" and "modern renaissance man." It's skydiving, not, well, rocket science. Apparently, someone filmed a bunch of skydiving footage with IMAX and then had to create a movie out of it. The result is this. With Leonardo DaVinci cruelly tacked on, the result feels like a cheap ploy to make you think skydiving is educational. This movie is about as educational as my shoe.

The ending is trite and hokey (watch and see as everyday Americans engage in risk by going to work!). If, perhaps, the filmmakers had re-edited the movie (removing the first day at school business, the Davinci stuff and the ending) and called the movie "Skydiving: And Lots Of It!" it would have been fine. But the end result is not that great. Save your IMAX money for something else.

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