Journey to the Edge of the Universe (2008 TV Movie)
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Bearing in mind I have my own views and ideas on origins, this film was still hands down an excellent production. The detailed descriptions of the various planets, stars, nebula, and black holes were all there. The best part about it is that they took you to those places-close up, in the comfort of your living room.
I'm a big fan of shows like "The Universe" and other various science documentaries and I found this to be top notch. Sit back, grab a snack and a cold one and enjoy this fine flick. 5 out of 5 stars and an IMDb 10.
The visuals are top notch and the actual journey is a must for anyone who wants to learn about our solar system and beyond.
I've seen this documentary on numerous occasions and it never gets old.
It just goes to show how our tiny little planet called Earth is a minuscule grain of sand on a very, very, very large beach.
P.S. Alec Baldwin is the man.
This documentary is the most detailed and complete documentary about the Universe, it's starts, planets and galaxies. The detail is amazing. The images are on pair with the Hubble 3D imagery.
This documentary treats about the Universe, from it's tiniest component to it's largest. It's made for the general public in an amazingly clear, easy to understand and riveting approach. Congrats to the Canadian producing company Handel Productions for such perfect achievement.
If you're going to take me through the universe, give me the DATA, not how I'm supposed to "feel" about it.
I often got the impression when watching this film that someone said, "Hey, Carl Sagan died in 1996 without an update to 'Cosmos', so let's make a Cosmos 'wow-alike' without a narrator that knows something about the subject matter." They even stole Sagan's "we are star-stuff" line.
Oh yeah, spoiler.
When you get to the edge of the universe, you'll witness the Big Bang.
The writer(s) obviously had space and time confused.
Don't watch this with the idea that you'll learn anything.
Instead, imagine that the 2001: Space Odyssey stargate sequence was (over)done with modern CGI and some Hubble-type imagery.
In the 70's people used to go to 2001 just to be stoned and watch the sequence. That's about what this film is good for.
The script even has the kind of vacuous insights that stoners get and think they're being profound.
I guess that's why they picked Alec Baldwin to narrate.
Anyway, if you are satisfied with Hubble Space Telescope images then watch this movie but if you want to really learn you should check out the TTC video called "An Introduction to Astronomy", it is a 50 hours course where Professor Alex Filippenko explains to you everything you ever wanted to know about astronomy and cosmology.
The entities described are Moon, Venus, Mercury, Sun, Comet, Mars, Asteroid belt, Jupiter (its satellite Europa), Saturn (its rings, its satellite Titan), Uranus, Neptune (its satellite Triton), Pluto, etc from solar system.
The entities from interstellar space include Alpha Centauri, Epsilon Eridani (10 Light Years), Gliese 581 (20 Light Years), Algol (100 Light Years), Pleiades (Seven Sisters, 450 Light Years), Betelgeuse (Biggest brightest star discovered till date, 650 Light Years), Orions dark cloud (1300 Light Years),
The other elements covered are Star Birth, Nebulae, Star Death, Nova, Dwarves, Giants, Pulsar's, Super Nova, Black Hole, Hyper nova, Magellanic Cloud, Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Quasar and finally Big Bang.
Final Verdict: An artistic representation of observable Universe in terms of description. To follow a cinematic jewel as well. A must watch.
Spoiler ahead, although it is hard to imagine that anything could "spoil" this documentary any further. Inane commentary tries to create awe and a sense of adventure, and fails miserably. How many, "She is beautiful to look at, but is a monster" can we take? There are far too many here.
Journey to the Edge of the Universe indeed. Guess what folks, there is no edge of the Universe. I was never a believer in the Big Bang theory either, now there seem to be others who opt for an alternative. There were some breathtaking images courtesy of Hubble, but nothing one hasn't seen before if you have been anywhere near a computer. Hard to picture the target audience for this one; Nine to twelve year old astronomy buffs perhaps, but they would get bored with it too. Two stars out of Ten for the computer animation.
Don't get me wrong, I've seen other wonderful documentaries, movies, serials etc., but here we have a documentary on a topic that fascinates me more than anything. So, while I apologies for my bias, I suspect it is bias which has played a major role on this title not receiving 10/10 all across the board. To me this documentary-movie is the greatest piece of art in television history because it visualises the absolute boundaries of the human knowledge. To take the viewer through a 'zoom-out style' journey is brilliant in its own right, but to achieve subtly highlighting just how small we are is another major plus. It's been 10 years (at the time of my review), I have watched it countless times, and the narration throughout has informed me loud and clear that we are probably just scratching the surface.
Dear NatGeo, please tell me more.
"Okay, we hired Alec Baldwin for 15 minutes, and we have to make an hour-long program...how many meaningless and poorly-executed warps through space can we cram into this baby??"
The lazy, simplistic, and cheap visuals aside, there's not many shows quite so boring as this one. Watching the show for ten minutes yields one or two facts about the universe, which you'll hear over and over again before the program concludes. My mates and I found ourselves laughing hysterically at the number of times the camera "traveled" through "space"; by the end, it was inappropriately out of hand.
Don't waste your time with this one, there's plenty of great productions out there that will truly expand your outlook on the universe and life itself.
- Calling another star system doesn't sit well with me.
- Having an asteroid falling down a black hole (Into the event horizon..) is probably wrong. Unless the black hole is really huge
- An animation showing Io being flexed by Jupiter's gravity would have been nice
- Having a warp meter at the bottom of the screen would have been fantastic, adding a small projection of the path being traveled over the solar system/galaxy would have been nice.
- About the voyager "If you are in the jungle, is it wise to call out..", is plain wrong. A civilization finding the voyager will probably have located us using the radio spectrum. After the 70th minute, i stopped watching. I would have loved it my teens..