Sunday, December 21, 2014

Hyperspace (2001)

Note:  This review was originally posted to my Epinions account.

I really haven’t been watching too many movies since I started working. The problem is that I sometimes get home at 7:00 and have TV programs that start at 8:00 or 9:00. Factor in dinner and I really don’t have time for a two-hour feature.

When I came across Hyperspace, I figured I’d give it a shot. The description that NetFlix gave said simply that Sam Neill hosts and that it covers topics like black holes and the birth and death of stars. Ok. I like astronomy and I’ve liked some of the movies that Sam Neill has been in. The entire thing was on one disc and had six episodes, each thirty minutes in length. I figured it was the perfect combination.

I liked the fact that each episode was 30 minutes long and the presentation was great, but content left something to be desired. The DVD amounts to three hours of eye candy. What information the DVD has is mostly speculation about what else is out there or where we might end up once the Earth is destroyed.

On that note, each episode has a theme. One is on black holes and how they might destroy the Earth. Another deals with the threat that errant asteroids pose to Earth. One is on the life and death of stars, including our own and how our star will eventually destroy the Earth. Notice a pattern? The documentary repeatedly points out how extremely lucky we are just to be here.

I really can’t recommend this for anyone who’s looking for something really informative. It looks like something that came out of a sci-fi movie. The DVD looks like it’s perfect for a high-school class. The only other time I would tell someone to watch it is if they’re just getting into science or if they really like CGI.

I’d give the DVD four stars. I liked the fact that it was all on one DVD, allowing me to watch the whole thing without wasting any rental positions. It ended up being something that I was able to watch before dinner or while I was waiting for my next show to start. If you’re looking for a documentary that’s easy to watch, this is the one.

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