Saw PR in iMax (smaller version) yesterday. Again, this is the 3rd film I've seen in that theater and it was way too loud. I ended up stuffing pieces of napkin in my ears and that helped. There were only 14 people in the theater and two men brought along what looked like about 8 year olds. I honestly couldn't believe it. First, children at that age have smaller heads and eye separation and often suffer from eye strain because the screen separation is too wide. Second, 3D at that age (considering the intensity of an iMax screen and PR's use of action) could cause seizures, extreme night fright, and god knows what. As I predicted, it wasn't long before the kids took off their glasses and asked their daddies to leave, but neither adults budged and the kids had to suffer through the rest of the movie. I'm all for 3D, but we don't have enough evidence of what it does to small minds yet. Regardless of the 3D, the intense action and ravaging aliens are just too much for kids....okay, I'm off my soap box now.
I feel that iMax is the only way to see this movie. I had no problem with scale of the robots and creatures. The technology--especially in the robot hangar--was truly amazing and realistic. Definitely raises the level of cgi action and will put a strain on Avatar 2 to come up with something even more spectacular.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
The movie is silly in the sense that it takes place in 2014, given the technology shown, but after you let your mind jump from reality to fantasy, the whole movie is one wild ride using bits and pieces from Alien (the creatures), Blade Runner (the overall feel), Top Gun (even has a female strategist in a love interest with a top-gun like robot commander), Star Wars (shooting bombs down the pipe to blow up the death ray), Avatar (use of 3D video monitors and avatars to control the robots), Transformers (giant robots), Godzilla (giant creatures crossing water and destroying coastal cities), and The Black Hole Disney movie(the robot--I swear you will see an almost exact replica of it in the movie near the end of the movie--do a Black Hole movie search, and even some of the scenes--ala fire in the tube) to name a few.
That said, the 3D conversion was excellent, almost perfect, I'd give it a 5 out of 5. The action scenes had less judder than other conversions. I'd give the feeling of depth a 4 out of 5, and the feeling of "being there," a 3 out of 5, and that's mostly because the iMax screen makes everything bigger than life--it's a trade off. I'll have to see again on my 159" home screen to see if I feel the same.
Interesting that the previews included 3 sci-fi blockbusters coming soon--all in 2D: Elysium, Riddick and Gravity--sad really.