Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun

A little history of motion-simulation movies is supposed to provide a context for some snippets of them—a strategy that's distracting and disingenuous. Instead of being an example of a form of entertainment you might be unfamiliar with and curious about, or even a documentary about that form, this Omnimax presentation is really just a commercial for ride films—movies that trick you into perceiving yourself to be in motion. Forty minutes of straight motion-simulation footage might be intolerable, but this bet-hedging hybrid deliberately piques your interest only to leave you unsatisfied. Interactive specialist Kurt Frey wrote, and ride-film producer Ben Stassen directed. 38 min.

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