IMAX: Larger Than Life

June 24, 2015

Watching movies in IMAX have now become mainstream. Here are some of my favorites scenes from the movies shot on the format.

Ah, IMAX – years ago these screens are only seen by people watching documentaries and other short films. Never had they thought that the format would work on mainstream movies like how it is now. The movies on this list were shot on IMAX, and here are some of my favorite scenes from each one.

The Dark Knight

Many would agree that The Dark Knight was the best part of the Christopher Nolan-directed Batman trilogy. It was also the first time that the director used IMAX cameras for major action scenes. This scene in particular is one of my favorites and clearly showcases the IMAX camera’s capabilities.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Yes I know the movie is bad, but this one scene in particular made the IMAX ticket price worth it. It may only be a couple of minutes, but seeing Optimus Prime and Megatron battle it out on the huge IMAX screen made the little boy inside me tear up.

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol

Ghost Protocol is currently my favorite Mission: Impossible movie. Brad Bird took the movie to a new level and this fourth outing is as badass as the ones before it. The scene when Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt climbs the Burj Khalifa is probably one of the best stunt sequences captured on film. I remember the scene making me dizzy when I saw it in an IMAX theater.

The Dark Knight Rises

For this epic conclusion to The Dark Knight saga, director Christopher Nolan again shot a majority of the movie using IMAX cameras. The opening scene in particular still amazes me to this day. The combination of visual and practical effects make it an opening to a truly spectacular film.

Star Trek Into Darkness

The sequel to the Star Trek reboot not only offered an awesome villain (Benedict Cumberbatch), but director J.J. Abrams also shot some scenes on IMAX – which translate for an even better movie watching experience.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The second chapter of The Hunger Games franchise features footage shot on IMAX cameras – in fact, the entire second half of the movie is presented in the expanded image offered by IMAX. Check the clip above as the screen opens up when Katniss goes to the arena – truly epic!


This space opera is one that’s worth seeing on IMAX. The expanded image makes everything looks uniquely awesome – 72 minutes of the movie features IMAX footage, enough to make any videophile cry with delight.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Okay, this one isn’t showing yet, but since the movie was also shot using IMAX cameras, we know the movie will look even better. Imagine those lightsaber and space battles on the big screen. I can’t wait.

Do you have any other IMAX sequences that should be on the list? Hit me up on the comments below!

by Victor
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff.