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Journey To Mecca

  • Film
  • 2 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars
One suspects that this gigantiscope outing is the closest the majority of non-Muslims will ever get to seeing Mecca up close. It took 87 permits to allow the 85-strong IMAX team special access to this most sacred monument and, for the viewer, the final scenes shot from a helicopter 200 feet above as thousands of pilgrims encircle the cube-shaped ‘Kaaba’ below are a sight to behold, even if the magic of this Saudi Arabian locale is somewhat spoiled by the high-rise buildings surrounding it. But before reaching this final goal, first we must endure a meaningful but compressed and poorly performed dramatic reconstruction of an earlier, inspirational Hajj undertaken, in 1325, by seasoned Moroccan scholar Ibn Battuta (the late Chems-Eddine Zinoun). As an enlightening illustration of one of Islam’s most fascinating rituals, this just about succeeds – but the drama at its heart is simply substandard.
Written by Derek Adams

Release Details

  • Rated:PG
  • Release date:Friday 18 June 2010
  • Duration:46 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Bruce Neibaur
  • Cast:
    • Nadim Sawalha
    • Hassam Ghancy
    • Nabil Elouahabi
    • Chems-Eddine Zinoun
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