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The Green Life: Movie Review Friday -- Grand Canyon Adventure

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July 10, 2008

Movie Review Friday -- Grand Canyon Adventure

Escape to the movies with one of our Movie Friday selections. Each week we'll review a film with environmentally or socially-responsible themes that’s currently in theaters or available on DVD.

Seen a good eco-flick lately? Send us a review of 100 words or less and look for your review in the next Movie Friday!

Grand Canyon Adventure

Few subjects utilize Imax 3-D as fully as the whitewater rafting journey chronicled in Grand Canyon Adventure. There's plenty of bucking and torquing through the Colorado River's Class IVs, and in more placid moments, panoramas induce a sense of wonderment for the Southwest's lifeline and the gorge that it created.

This sort of grandeur hardly needs a narrative, but Grand Canyon Adventure hitches itself to one anyway by tagging along with author/photographer/anthropologist Wade Davis and daughter Tara. Narrated by Robert Redford and scored with Dave Matthews Band remixes, their trip takes place amid pleas to save it from drought, overuse, and mismanagement.

The Davises are easy to like but hard to take seriously, especially when Bobby Kennedy, chief attorney of Riverkeeper and passionate spokesman for the environmental movement, is in the next boat. Yet Kennedy receives scant screen time, perhaps because his crusade contrasts too starkly with the Davises' affecting family story.

The Colorado is as imperiled as it is spectacular. Imax does a great job with spectacle, but the peril remains as grave as ever.

-Review by Josh Stephens

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