Dogs are fun. Beloved members of the family. Most people ask little of their dogs beyond companionship.
The dogs featured in the new IMAX film Superpower Dogs are dogs who work. They are trained to rescue and to track.
As is the case with many IMAX films, Superpower Dogs has spectacular visuals. A dog is helicoptered in to find a skier trapped by an avalanche. A dog dives into the ocean to practice a water recovery. Bloodhounds track poachers. These segments have gorgeous aerial shots of the Canadian Rockies, the Mediterranean and the plains of Africa, respectively.
A California beach scene is the setting for a dog who surfs (!) and provides emotional support and delight to special needs children.
The development of Halo, a Dutch Shepherd, as a search and rescue dog begins with her selection in Michigan. Her story continues throughout the film with her training in multiple locations and her testing in New York.
Superpower Dogs is one of the better recent IMAX films. Its pacing is brisk. Its stars are compelling and charming. Clever graphics illustrate such aspects as the underwater movement of a swimming dog and the internal receptors that give bloodhounds their special talent.
Director Daniel Ferguson has assembled a cinematic canine collection that will certainly please dog lovers and will likely amuse cat persons as well. is narrated by Chris Evans.