More than a century after the sinking of the RMS Titanic, the disaster continues to reverberate around the world. The Sinking of the RMS Titanic provides a clear and comprehensive overview of one of history's most haunting tragedies.
The film begins by outlining the events by which the Titanic came into being, and introducing us to the players who were responsible for its construction and ill-fated operation.
At the time, Titanic was one of three superliners that were designed in an effort to redefine luxury ocean travel. With an emphasis on comfort and extravagance, the ship featured lavishly furnished guest rooms, a state-of-the-art gymnasium, ornate dining areas and a centralized grand staircase worthy of a palace. This opulence was reserved for the wealthiest class of passengers, while the lower classes were housed in dramatically more modest accommodations.
While the ship steamed westward toward New York City, the crew was warned of potentially hazardous icebergs by other vessels in the region. They steered off course to avoid these obstacles, but their meager precautions failed to avert a destiny with doom.
The filmmakers question whether the disaster could have been avoided altogether, especially given the fact that there were only 20 life boats stored on the ship during this maiden voyage. In the end, arrogance might have played the most profound role in its downfall. After all, Titanic was thought to be unsinkable - a marvel of modern innovation - and no one could have anticipated the calamity that would ensue on April 15, 1912.
The film is awash in photos of the key players, depictions of each section of the grand ship, and historical documents related to the event. Viewers are given details of the liner's horrifying descent into the dark abyss of the ocean, the desperate attempts to save the lives of women and children, and the conditions in which the far less fortunate met their brutal end.
Much has been written about the sinking of the Titanic, and it's even been the subject of one of the highest grossing films in cinema history. Calling upon the latest evidence and footage captured from the ocean floor, The Sinking of the RMS Titanic contributes admirably to this ongoing narrative.