Why is it that the best technology and the worst art always seem to go hand in hand? In the venerable tradition of 3-D kitsch established by such films as Bwana Devil and The Bubble—not to mention the wide-screen tradition of This Is Cinerama and The Robe—Jean-Jacques Annaud directed and wrote (with Alain Godard) this 40-minute period adventure in Imax 3-D requiring wraparound spectacles with built-in stereo speakers. The effects are dazzling, though the film makes astonishingly uninventive and uninteresting use of the technology. The story involves an enterprising young pilot (Craig Sheffer), backed by aviation pioneers Jean Mermoz (Val Kilmer) and Antoine de Saint-Exupery (Tom Hulce), flying the mail run between Santiago, Chile, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1930; he crash-lands and slowly makes his way back to safety. This is hokey art and storytelling made somewhat bearable in spots by the fancy period decor; less bearable are the dream sequences in two-dimensional sepia and the gratuitous stunts performed by a trained dog that hangs out with the hero’s wife (Elizabeth McGovern).