Mystery of the Nile
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On Christmas day of 2003, Pasquale Scaturro and a team of explorers set out on an epic quest to become the first to complete a full descent of the world's greatest river, the Blue Nile and the Nile, from source to sea. Four months later, on April 28 at 7:01am, Pasquale and his expedition partner Gordon Brown, reached the mouth of the Nile at the Mediterranean Sea, becoming the first in history to complete this 3,250-mile journey. Their amazing journey is the basis for the IMAX film, 'Mystery of the Nile.' The film tells the story of this emotional and historic expedition while also… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Steeped in important discoveries, yet I never get a clear idea of what these people are up to."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"A lovely but sedate version of Scaturro and Brown's history-making adventure."
‑ Erika Gonzalez, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Although the title implies we are about to delve into the ancient past to discover the mysteries of the Nile, this IMAX big screen documentary is more of a combo of extreme sports with but a splash of history"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Rafting action/adventure meets education along the Nile."
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
"Any movie can make the sight of an unmanned raft going over a waterfall appear dramatic is worth a gander."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"The filmmakers document some of the more-difficult challenges the expedition faced, but they also provide an informative overview of the river's biology and history, as well as introducing some of the people who depend on the river."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"By patching together snippets from all these stories, then stitching them together with a cliched, lazily rendered script, this film does nothing but make us wonder what we've missed."
‑ Louise Kennedy, Boston Globe
"Director Jordi Llompart packs so much material into a scant 47 minutes that you get the feeling that you've read a Cliffs Notes version of the journey when what you crave is the full fleshed-out story."
‑ Edward Ortiz, Sacramento Bee
"A travelogue, more than an adventure saga, this IMAX film explores the Nile's cultural, agricultural and societal importance."
‑ Susan Granger,
"The beginning of the journey is much more exciting than the end."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"Provides a banquet of stunning scenery while making the most of the sweeping, panoramic capabilities of the Imax format."
‑ Melinda Ennis, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"You'll enjoy the scenery and maybe learn a little something."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Mystery of the Nile is the sort of movie large-format theaters were made for: Daredevils do crazy things, and we experience them from the comfort of padded chairs."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"The stops along the way make this a journey worth taking."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"The courage, curiosity and perhaps partial insanity of the explorers -- not to mention the film crew -- are admirable, as their trials and tribulations yield stunning images galore."
‑ Jordan Reed, Boxoffice Magazine
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