Have you ever wondered about how life began? Did you know that the first living thing on the Earth was simple bacteria? Or that the first land on the Earth was a small volcanic island? Or when the earth first started to form, all of it was covered by water? If you are curious about how Earth began, you should watch the Voyage of Time.
Voyage of Time is an IMAX documentary that premieres at the Ontario Science Centre’s OMNIMAX theatre on October 22, 2016. Written and directed by Terrence Malick, and narrated by Brad Pitt, this movie is about the history of the cosmos and the creation of planet Earth. The movie is 45 minutes long and delivers interesting information about the universe and life on earth. As the movie progresses, it shows the earth, as it goes through the development of the planet’s lifeforms, from the earliest and tiniest bacteria to today’s modern day humans.
In the film, we watched dinosaurs roaming the Earth. We witnessed a large meteor crashed into the Earth, kicking up tons of dust. The ground wasn’t healthy enough to produce plants, so the herbivores died, then the carnivores and omnivores. Soon nature recovered and small animals began to thrive. Then, the first humans began to walk the Earth with the animals. At this stage of life, humans had no idea what they were doing, so they had to learn. Soon, they formed communities, and so they lived on! After a lot of trial and error, we finally stand here today with modern life!
One of the best things about the movie was the visual images and sound effects. Images of stars and galaxies make you feel like you are right there in the middle of the universe. It was cool to see lava come out of the earth’s crust and be cooled by the water to form land. These images were accompanied by classical music, and they worked well together, to make you feel peaceful and calm. Sometimes the music is heavy and dramatic matching the images. We enjoyed the relaxing sound effects that came from nature like the water trickling down the stream. The IMAX dome screen makes you feel as if you were inside the movie, or looking at life from the narrator’s view.
In our busy lives, we don’t normally think about the early days of our planet. The movie asks philosophical questions about life on earth and gets every single audience member thinking. For example, one of the main questions from the movie was how does something form from nothing? The movie is recommended for teenagers and adults, but we are eleven years old, and we really enjoyed it! We recommend this movie for people who like space, nature, and science.