Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets

Rated 4.0

The next best thing to visiting the Grand Canyon itself is seeing IMAX’s 1984 history lesson and travelogue, which sweeps us from the rim to the floor of America’s awe-inspiring, 277-mile-long chasm. This vista-drenched postcard dramatizes several historical events through the lives and interaction of its early Native American inhabitants and white explorers. The movie also takes the audience on an exhilarating raft ride down the Colorado River rapids and on aircraft rides through the colossal corridor. Director Kieth Merrill (Windwalker), composer Bill Conti (Rocky) and sound editor Ken Fischer (Darkness Falls) combine their formidable talents to create a Bonanza-like eminence flavored with a “vague and distant sense of the divine.”