If you're like me and can't stand another minute of sitting around and watching Fox 12's melodramatic, up-to-the-second coverage of absolutely nothing happening at Mount St. Helens, scamper down to OMSI and catch Forces of Nature at the Omnimax Theater. Forces of Nature, a roaring, raging 40-minute documentary, features three of the most deadly natural occurrences known to man: the volcano, the earthquake, and the tornado. Seeing this stuff on the IMAX screen is something else, and it only gets more impressive knowing that director George Casey spent over 10 years capturing and compiling IMAX-worthy footage of these temperamental phenomena. National Geographic helped guide the project, assisting in shaping Forces of Nature into a nearly perfect blend of science nerd narrative and dizzying, visceral footage of Mother Nature at her wildest.
Traveling first to the Caribbean island of Montserrat, Forces goes inside the volcanic Soufriere Hills--to get a look at why volcanoes explode. But enough about the "why"--witness the actual event, with a nighttime maelstrom of rock, ash, fire, and lightning.
Moving across the globe to northern Turkey, we get a lesson in plate tectonics and advancements in earthquake prevention before seeing the havoc created by the deadly 7.4 magnitude rumbler that shook Izmit in 1999. Most astonishing are how the structures built in antiquity are the only things seemingly undamaged by the quake.
Lastly, Forces travels with a mobile Doppler radar team through Midwestern America's Tornado Alley. Capturing some traffic-stopping twister and thunderstorm footage, Forces of Nature powerfully demonstrates that IMAX films are an art form all their own.