Although not directly horror-related, I think anyone who appreciates the fantastical elements of the genre probably shares my fascination with outer space. Vast and mysterious, I look upon the subject with a sense of childlike wonderment.
As such, I was eager to check out Space Junk 3D. Although the title sounds like it could be a Troma-esque sci-fi/comedy, Space Junk 3D is actually the name of a film that was originally created for exhibition in IMAX theaters. Those who missed it when it played last year can now catch it on Blu-ray via Image Entertainment.
With satellites being used for all kinds of modern technology, our life on earth is becoming increasingly connected to space. I was surprised to learn that, once a satellite becomes inactive, it remains in orbit. With all of these objects floating around, collisions are not an uncommon occurrence. The resulting debris from such accidents – known as space junk – continue to grow exponentially and will remain problematic for centuries. In addition to teaching viewers about this concept, Space Junk explores potential solutions to rid low Earth orbit of the debris.
A perfect balance between educational and entertaining is a difficult balance to achieve. Its subject matter can be dry, but Space Junk pulls it off for the most part. Academy Award-nominated actor Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins, Michael Clayton) narrates the film, and he has a great voice for doing so. Upon viewing the short film – it only runs 37 minutes – it’s easy to draw a parallel to the pollution of our environment on earth.
The 3D Blu-ray disc includes both the regular version of the film and its 3D counterpart for capable TVs and players. It’s impossible to match the spectacle of seeing a movie in IMAX, but the 3D Blu-ray is a viable alternative. The high-definition picture brings the visually-appealing renderings of space to life. The disc’s extras are largely throwaway promotional items, the most substantial of which is a making-of featurette that runs less than 3 minutes.
Although the sensational nature of film can provide a much-needed escape from reality, it’s important to remember how amazing the world around us is. Space Junk 3D is great reminder of this fact. If you have an interest in space, it is certainly worth watching.