Northwest NEWS

June 12, 2000

Entertainment

'Extreme' takes audiences on a non-stop thrill ride

by Deborah Stone

   Extreme, an adrenaline-pumping sports action film directed by Canadian sports filmmaker Jon Long, opened last month at Pacific Science Center's Boeing IMAX Theater.

   Utilizing daring filming techniques and optimizing all the visual potential of the IMAX format, photographers have created an exhilarating and mesmerizing adventure for audiences of all ages to enjoy. The show is a non-stop thrill ride as it explores the realm of extreme sports performed against a variety of stunning backdrops.

   Ice and rock climbing, windsurfing, snowboarding, skiing, and big wave surfing are the focus, as several world class athletes challenge themselves and explore the relationship between nature and humanity. Extreme provides a close-up of these athletes and offers a glimpse into the passion that motivates them.

   The photography is visually impressive with breathtaking views of ice climbers on vertical frozen waterfalls in Canada, surfers riding dynamo-sized waves in Hawaii, windsurfers in gale force winds and whitecapped water, rock climbers scaling magnificent red-rock spires in Utah, and skiers and snowboarders descending near-vertical slopes in remote Alaska at lightning speeds.

   A hypnotic, eclectic soundtrack pulses throughout the film as audiences hold their breath and curl their toes while watching athletes face fear from the extreme edge of life. The film explores personal challenge while emphasizing a respect and awe for the environment.

   Extreme continues through summer 2000. For ticket information and current showtimes, call 206-443-IMAX.