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  • Summary: As a boy, filmmaker James Cameron dreamed of a journey to the deepest part of the ocean. This film is the dramatic fulfillment of that dream. It chronicles Cameron’s solo dive to the depths of the Mariana Trench—nearly seven miles beneath the ocean’s surface—piloting a submersible heAs a boy, filmmaker James Cameron dreamed of a journey to the deepest part of the ocean. This film is the dramatic fulfillment of that dream. It chronicles Cameron’s solo dive to the depths of the Mariana Trench—nearly seven miles beneath the ocean’s surface—piloting a submersible he designed himself. Expand
  • Director: Andrew Wight and John Bruno and John Bruno and Ray Quint
  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 90 min
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Aug 8, 2014
    83
    Cameron, tall and lanky, fitted himself into the podlike chamber and dropped seven miles to the ocean floor. Although he didn’t encounter anything other than barrenness, he did bring back to the surface 100 new species of microorganisms. I hope National Geographic appreciates the effort.
  2. Reviewed by: Chris Klimek
    Aug 6, 2014
    80
    It’s so high on the thrill of discovery that it might even win over people who can’t stand the guy.
  3. 70
    Perhaps the film’s most telling part comes during the deep dives themselves. When Cameron finds himself alone in his submersible, crammed into a little turret from which he can watch and film the world around him, the bravado fades away, and he becomes a little kid again.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Aug 7, 2014
    63
    While Challenge makes for a pretty dull glimpse into the inner workings of the sea, it provides a fascinating look at the inner workings of Cameron, whose obsessive and demanding personality translated to movies that included "Titanic" and "Avatar."
  5. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Aug 7, 2014
    50
    It’s a movie about exploring the vast, “dark continent” of the ocean’s deepest places (to quote Cameron, who produced and narrates the film) that ends up feeling claustrophobic. Much of it was shot inside a metal sphere the size of a fitness ball.
  6. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Aug 5, 2014
    50
    Deepsea Challenge has too little interest in anything that's not Cameron's personal experience.
  7. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Aug 7, 2014
    30
    James Cameron upstages the ocean in Deepsea Challenge 3D, a shallow vanity project that invites us to join him in marveling at his own daring.

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  1. Aug 8, 2014
    9
    This is a really engrossing documentary where James Cameron is simply the main character, and not the director. The 3D is excellent and muchThis is a really engrossing documentary where James Cameron is simply the main character, and not the director. The 3D is excellent and much of the photography amazing. The film gives a fascinating insight into Cameron's love of ocean exploration and his drive to reach new horizons as an explorer. I felt the claustrophobia and inherent riskiness of his vehicle as it descended 11 kms. The story behind the design and creation of his submersible is both interesting and impressive. Clearly he has no fear when it comes to the deep. He is a true visionary and a highly disciplined achiever. When I saw this film, he was present and answered audience questions afterwards - like his films and his other achievements, he is quite outstanding and really multi-dimensional. Expand

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