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There's everything you've ever known about adventure, and then there's The Abyss.
A civilian oil rig crew is recruited to conduct a search and rescue effort when a nuclear submarine mysteriously sinks. One diver soon finds himself on a spectacular odyssey 25,000 feet below the ocean's surface where he confronts a mysterious force that has the power to change the world or destroy it.
Top notch Sci-fi Thriller that captivated my imagination one minute then zapped me with an electric cattle prod the next minute! Talk about Claustrophobic! It toyed with me without mercy hitting on all my deepest, innermost fears! The tension was so thick I could cut it with a knife! I'm still coming down from the heavy duty adrenalin rush that ultimately overcame me!
Other moments I was wide eyed and enthralled with the beauty and serenity of the ocean depths! The great cast of characters drew me in right from the get go! Outstanding performance by all! But hats off to Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio for electrifying performances that made my heart skip a beat or two!
Through the first two acts of James Cameron's The Abyss I kept thinking DAMN, this is a fantastic looking film and all but I'm not sure about the focus. I felt Cameron was spending too much time on the squabbling humans and not enough on the extraterrestrial life they discovered deep in the ocean. A good portion of the film is spent on a side story involving an increasingly paranoid Navy SEAL officer and a nuclear warhead. I was more interested in other aspects of the story and Cameron just took awhile to deliver them. By the end I was fine though as the third act brought everything home nicely.
The Abyss is the story of a civilian diving team…
This isn't a four and a half star movie. Four, perhaps. But research into the effort, work and risks taken during this movie and you have to appreciate it in a whole different light. I'm not fucking kidding.
Ed Harris and Mary Mastrantonio flat out refuse to even talk about this movie. They claim "The Abyss was a lot of things. Fun to make was not one of them." Harris very almost drown in one scene and Mastrantonio says the experience was "traumatic". One can only imagine what it must be like filming at an underwater set filled with 7 million gallons of water.…
Clearly Cameron’s attempt to make a Spielberg film (Face-reaction shots; Close Encounters similarities about in the mise-en-scene, alien design, and that finale), but also distinctly a Cameron film.* Opening submarine sequence is hardened, masculine, filled with specialty military lingo that he perfectly communicates through the shots, and the director’s bravado specialty of creating an intense physical reality—that rushing water looks truly authentic in a way CGI could never pull off. Those guys actually look like they are getting smacked around before plummeting to a watery grave. Also a perfect Cameron entrance shot: an army platoon empties out of a helicopter with the shot focused on each of their boots until a pair of high heels emerges revealing Mary Mastrantonio (totally…
Trading the coldness of space for the depths of the oceans allows Cameron to once again showcase his technical skills as a director. Here he creates a universe that is recognisable , yet still feels alien.
I have always admired Cameron for his ability to entertain. A lot can be said about his films, but they are never boring. Apart from the fact that his films are always technically far ahead of their time, there always seems to be something to take from his films. The Abyss is no different. The underwater vistas look amazing and contrast beautifully with the sometimes claustrophobic confines of the underwater station. Everything is shot with incredible attention to detail, the CGI and practical effects…
Cameron's ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS and one of the greatest technical accomplishments in the history of the medium. it's easy to say they don't make 'em like this anymore, but i can hardly believe they ever made 'em like this in the first place, especially without casualties.
Film #22 of the "Scavenger Hunt" Challenge
22. A film that takes place at sea!
Ambitious as usual for Cameron, visually stunning, overall great in every technical aspect. I was especially impressed by the sound editing, those masks for breathing underwater were/sounded very real and scary. Didn't care much for the plot though, the characters were one-dimensional and I couldn't relate to them -or even like them-, the temporary death thingy lasted an eternity and tried so hard I was annoyed by the end of it and the finale was both uneventful considering the buildup of expectations and anything but subtle in its effort to amaze.
Definitely worth watching, I enjoyed it, but I didn't appreciate it as much as I had hoped, I can't help but feel a little disappointed. Better than Titanic in my opinion but the comparisons are kinda arbitrary, they are two very different movies from the same director, taking place at sea.
Seen bits and pieces of it for years but just now got around to watching the whole thing in one sitting. Dug it.
The cheesy sci-if message is out-balanced by its gripping claustrophobia and a unique transmission of effort behind the camera.
Very good. Sometimes beautiful.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The Abyss seems born of James Cameron's idea to make a science fiction movie combining elements from Alien and 2001. From Alien there is the crew of laborers trapped in claustrophobia with both interpersonal and supernatural stresses. And from 2001 there is the grandiose and philosophical ambiguity of alien intelligence.
The problem isn't that Cameron has made a hybrid movie. Alien itself was a hybrid ("Jaws in space"). Moving the setting to underwater rather than in space is quite ingenious actually given how vast and unfamiliar 90% of the ocean is. The problem is the Cameron misses what makes the aforementioned movies work.
The natural rapport of Alien's crewship is maybe its most inimitable quality. Cameron himself couldn't even do…
Cameron's best, most human movie, and seemingly the last one where he gave a shit about putting compelling human characters front and center. Even in the movie's cramped underwater setting, the actors had room to breathe, and it shows.
Beautiful. Exploring something mysterious unfolding in the deep while human drama keeps us grounded.
The crew of an underwater oil rig investigates the mysterious sinking of a nuclear sub. Compelling but overlong sci-fi flick distinguished by moody cinematography (courtesy of Mikael Salomon) and an absolutely harrowing centerpiece involving a drowning and miraculous resuscitation. Lots of tasty bits here, but the protracted, anticlimactic finale seriously dampens the film’s impact. The “Special Edition” features additional footage, including the film’s original “tsunami” ending, but it’s longer and less effective than the theatrical cut.
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