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Originally published Friday, May 27, 2005 at 12:00 AM

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White-knuckle "Adrenaline Rush" at IMAX

I'd like to thank the good people at IMAX for not offering a special 3-D version of "Adrenaline Rush: The Science of Risk." This vertigo-inducing documentary...

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I'd like to thank the good people at IMAX for not offering a special 3-D version of "Adrenaline Rush: The Science of Risk."

This vertigo-inducing documentary — filmed in IMAX's laborious process (an IMAX camera contains only three minutes worth of film at any one time) resulting in enormous, crystal-sharp images — follows the exploits of adrenaline junkies who free-fall from planes and base-jump from craggy cliffs into the maw of spectacular canyons.

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"Adrenaline Rush: The Science of Risk," with Charles Bryan, Adrian Nicholas, Katarina Olikainen. Written and directed by Marc Fafard. 40 minutes. Not rated; somewhat intense images of parachute sports. Pacific Science Center Eames Theater..

When I say "follows," I mean a camera is frequently attached to these daredevils dropping like stones in space. The subjective view of falling is astonishing if dizzying, and one has to admire the scientific inquiry involved in improving parachutes and webbed suits allowing jumpers to soar rather than merely plummet. A potentially life-threatening experiment with a funnel-shaped chute designed by Leonardo da Vinci is a highlight.

But the film is less compelling when making an obligatory case that risk is also a part of everyday life, from attending one's first day at school to asking someone out on a date. (The Pacific Science Center's accompanying exhibit on risk is fun for students, however.)

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