Disneynature, the studio that presented the record-breaking film “Earth,” brings “Oceans” to the big screen on Earth Day, 2010. Nearly three-quarters of the Earth’s surface is covered by water and “Oceans” boldly chronicles the mysteries that lie beneath. Directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud dive deep into the very waters that sustain all of mankind—exploring the playful splendor and the harsh reality of the weird and wonderful creatures that live within. Featuring spectacular never-before-seen imagery captured by the latest underwater technologies, “Oceans” offers an unprecedented look beneath the sea in a powerful yet enchanting motion picture that unfolds on April 22, 2010.
Pierce Brosnan narrates this fascinating documentary as the cameras take us beneath the ocean to view the vivid images and vast variety of sea life in this unique watery environment. Every creature you could imagine (and no doubt some you could never dream up) are featured including octopi, sea lions, sea turtles, dolphins, winged dragons, lion fish and on and on. The documentary presents a kaleidescope view of not just the creatures but of the tons of trash which has been dumped, the staggering numbers of unwanted creatures which are captured and killed due to fishing, and yet humorous moments as well as we see penguins sliding on the ice. Brosnan comments that they are not very adept at figure skating. In addition, we see the power of the sea as mighty waves smash against bridges, ships and a sturdy light house.
The film does a good job in featuring various personality traits of the sea life and the cinematography is top notch. I was disappointed that the film treats evolution as fact and offers no alternative to their theory that life began in the waters. They do not mention the biblical teaching of God as creator.
For the most part, this is a fascinating documentary which features great camera angles and enough education so as to share at least a fact or two which many viewers will not have known. In fact, several grade school classes attended the screening I viewed. Due to the educational values and quality work, we gladly award “Oceans” our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for all ages. We do note a slight caution that several creatures prey on one another but there was no moment which was gratuitous and the children at the screening didn’t seem frightened at all. Diving into “Oceans” just might leave you breathless!