Shackeltons Antarctic Adventure (IMAX)

Theatrical Release: February 10, 2001
DVD Release: September 3, 2002
Shackeltons Antarctic Adventure (IMAX)


“Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure” is a giant-screen film that tells the extraordinary true story of polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s now-legendary 1914-1916 British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. While never accomplishing its goal of the first crossing of the Antarctic continent, this expedition has become a larger-than-life testament to heroism and human endurance, with all 28 men surviving nearly two years in the barren, frigid Antarctic when their ship, Endurance, was caught in pack ice and eventually crushed.

Dove Review

Ernest Shackleton set out in 1914 with 27 men and 70 dogs on an ambitious journey to cross the Antarctic. His boat the “Endurance” was aptly named from his family motto, “by endurance we conquer.” After their ship became frozen and was unable to go any further, the explorer and his men needed that endurance as well as patience, optimism, and fortitude. Shackleton was an heroic leader who instilled loyalty in his crew. Once the peril they were facing was obvious, he thoughtfully changed his focus from exploring to his new goal, “to save every life.” In case you are not familiar with this story I won’t spoil the ending, but suffice it to say it was an incredible journey!

As in all IMAX films, the scenery in this documentary is breathtaking. Filmmakers take the audience far south to the Antarctic with its frozen icebergs and icy waters. There are many scenes where the camera soars over the towering marvels floating in the Atlantic like stark white sculptures on display. The scenery however is only the backdrop for this incredible story of the human spirit and its will to survive.

There is nothing objectionable in this film, which easily earns Dove’s “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Violence: None
Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: WGBH Giant-Screen Films
Director: George Butler
Producer: George Butler
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 40 min.
Reviewer: Julie Kemme