Sacred Planet

Released 2005


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Jon Long
Sacred Planet is a 2004 film originally developed for IMAX theaters. Actor Robert Redford narrates as the film provides rare footage of exotic locations, focusing on unique or forgotten areas of the planet. Instead of providing insight into locales that most people already know about, the IMAX film offers a showcase for cultures and landscapes that are more diverse. At the old-growth forests in British Columbia, the lush, peaceful beauty of the primeval forest is just a cover for the many unique ecological features. The island of Borneo features mysteries far below the surface of the waves, as well as colorful tropical jungles teeming with wildlife. In Utah and Arizona, the red rock canyons create striking visuals, almost resembling the surface of Mars. In New Zealand, the beaches feature pristine white sand as far as the eye can see. The film also highlights Namibian deserts, glaciers in Alaska and many more ecological wonders.

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    It's an ideal film to open on Earth Day, for in the least preachy way possible it celebrates the natural world to make viewers pause and consider the profound importance of preserv...

  • 60

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    What the movie lacks is contrast. The sped-up ribbons of traffic in a city look as pretty as the interior of a redwood grove. As for the perils of logging, one brief shot of a clea...

  • 50

    Variety Robert Koehler

    Respecting Mother Earth should never be as dull as watching Sacred Planet, a repetitive, globe-hopping Imax project that dresses up well-known ecological truisms with pretty nature...

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Comedy, Documentary, Drama