Amazon Adventure travels to Indianapolis IMAX :: 2min review

//Amazon Adventure travels to Indianapolis IMAX :: 2min review

The downtown Indianapolis IMAX theater {tucked inside the Indiana State Museum} is one of my family’s faves. And when they call and are all “Ooooh, we have a new movie,” I’m like “BRB – the IMAX needs me!”

Thus was the case with AMAZON ADVENTURE, their new film that debuted this week.

My film critic skills are nowhere near Peter Travers-level, so here’s a quick 2-minute review:

The movie follows a based-on-a-true-story of Henry Walter Bates, an explorer determined to prove that species of the same genus are linked. His travels take him to the Amazon where he discovers over 8,000 different species of butterflies, some mere mimics of others. Are they from the same lineage? How? Why do they look so similar yet so different?

Bates’ adventure takes him through the Amazon wild – it’s a gorgeous visual journey through forests, rivers and cultures and thanks to the 3D technology, one you feel you’re on with him. The movie is stunningly done.

I definitely see this being a hit with kiddos ages 4 and up: The way the story comes to life, the plot, the characters – this 45-minute film is easy to follow and super compelling for capturing littles’ attentions.

Like many of the offerings the IMAX Theater at the Indiana State Museum debuted over the past year, put this on your must-see list.

Here are more details straight from the movie’s press release:

AMAZON ADVENTURE traces the extraordinary 1850s journey of naturalist and explorer Henry Walter Bates – the most influential scientist you’ve never heard of – who provided “the beautiful proof” to Charles Darwin for his then-controversial theory of natural selection, the scientific explanation for the development of life on Earth. As a young man, Bates risked his life for science during his 11-year expedition into the Amazon rainforest. AMAZON ADVENTURE is a compelling detective story of peril, perseverance and, ultimately, success, drawing audiences into the fascinating world of animal mimicry, the astonishing phenomenon where one animal adopts the look of another, gaining an advantage to survive.

“The downtown IMAX theater can take moviegoers to South America without actually leaving Indianapolis,” said Craig Mince, downtown IMAX theater manager. “The technology and imagery that go into this production will really make it feel like they’ve journeyed to the Amazon.”

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Painstakingly researched for three years, AMAZON ADVENTURE enlisted the expertise of more than 100 scientists and historical advisors. The team’s commitment to authenticity not only resulted in this rigorous re-creation, even using actual instruments and tools from the 1850s, but the writing team also incorporated many of Bates’ own words, as he was a gifted storyteller. The film, a co-production between Canada, the UK and Brazil, was granted unprecedented access by the Natural History Museum of London to film Bates’ own scientific field notebooks and botanical drawings, and to film the butterflies he personally collected over 160 years ago – butterflies that had never left the museum, and had to go into quarantine for two weeks after filming.

Amazon Adventure Indianapolis IMAX - theCityMomsThis film is one of the first films to screen in the downtown IMAX since the addition of new seats. The new leather seats allow for more personal space, going from 21” to 25” wide. They slightly recline by rocking back to help the viewer take in the entire screen, giving the moviegoer an ideal view for films such as AMAZON ADVENTURE. Other recent improvements in the last year to the downtown IMAX experience include a new IMAX screen, a state-of-the-art digital projector and a completely renovated concession stand.

MORE INFORMATION: The IMAX Theater at the Indiana State Museum is located at 650 W. Washington Street in downtown Indianapolis. The IMAX validates parking in the White River State Park parking garage for moviegoers. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit





Jeanine Bobenmoyer headshot - theCityMomsJeanine Bobenmoyer – like many moms – wears numerous hats including wife, mother of 2, trail runner, yoga-addict, Michigan native, die-hard Wolverines fan, Thai food enthusiast and avid reader. After years spent in the world of advertising agencies, she now curbs her Mad Men tendencies as a Communications Manager for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Jeanine is also the Chief Mom Officer and Founder of theCityMoms. Find Jeanine on TwitterInstagram and in the sale section at Anthropologie.

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