Cape Town – On Monday night we got to experience Deadpool in all its 4D glory thanks to Nu Metro’s new 4DX cinema that recently opened at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.
The recently opened 4D theatre at the V&A is the first in Africa after Nu Metro signed a deal with CJ 4DPLEX, creator of 4DX in Seoul, to bring the experience to South Africa.
4D is seen as the next step after 3D. It’s the 3D experience plus some extras which include chairs that move, water spraying in your face, wind blowing in your hair, lightning above your head, fog and smells.
But what’s it like to watch Deadpool in 4D? We answer some of your questions after experiencing it for ourselves.
Gods of Egypt shares the bill with Deadpool in 4DX at Nu Metro at the V&A Waterfront. The two films alternate time slots. Book your tickets here.
R150 per person.
The Waterfront Nu Metro is the first in SA. The next 4DX theatre will open at Nu Metro The Pavilion in Durban on 18 March. The first film to screen in Durban in 4DX will be Allegiant.
Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a former Special Forces operative who now works as a mercenary. His world comes crashing down when evil scientist Ajax (Ed Skrein) tortures, disfigures and transforms him into Deadpool. The rogue experiment leaves Deadpool with accelerated healing powers and a twisted sense of humor. With help from mutant allies Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), Deadpool uses his new skills to hunt down the man who nearly destroyed his life. (Read our full review of Deadpool here!)
The 4DX experience adds a whole new dimension to watching films and with something fun and action-packed like Deadpool it really works. The new elements really do add an experience to the film that’s unexpected.
It’s the same size as regular cinemas and movies are viewed with 3D glasses to give it depth. Deadpool is not currently being screened in 3D so you don’t wear any glasses. Not sure if this is a good or bad thing.
There’s a lot of movement and definitely one of the best elements of the whole experience. Gliding, hovering, shaking and stomping around makes for a really fun experience. The movement is synced perfectly with the on-screen drama. When there’s a fight scene you better hold onto your seat because you’re in for a bumpy ride. When something takes place in slow-motion the seats gently hover and you kind of drift into the movie. It’s loads of fun and not as distracting as you think it might be. (Rating: 5/5)
Water is sprayed from the seat in front of you. It’s more like a mist than anything else. In one scene blood squirts out of a wound and the water from the 4DX experience hits you in the face. You can’t help but laugh as you try and wipe the water out of your face. It’s a cool effect used at exactly the right time. (Rating: 4/5)
Definitely one of the stronger elements is the wind. You can literally feel the breeze in your hair. When the helicopter lands or there’s a chase scene the whole experience is enhanced with the wind element. (Rating: 4/5. Tip: Take a jacket with you it can get a bit cold).
There’s fog, lightning and smell. These are smaller effects that don’t really add too much to the experience. The fog fills up the room when there’s a smokey scene on screen and quickly disappears once the wind element is introduced. The lightning was kept to a minimum which is great. (People with epilepsy should under no circumstances try out 4DX) There wasn’t really any definite or identifiable smells or aromas used during the experience. (Rating: 3/5)
From now on we want to watch all the big blockbuster, action flicks in 4D! It’s a fun element that really enhances the experience and adds something really entertaining to watching movies. Deadpool is the perfect movie to go watch in 4D. Take a friend a have a laugh. Definitely worth the money. (We give Deadpool in 4D a rating of: 4/5)
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