Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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.…
Within the deep and dark
The magic of light.
Starving off psychosis
Love stronger than liquid.
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…
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.
I took a -deep dive- into my film collection, and this film -surfaced-. And watching it, I realized; Wow, this film is pretty... -deep-.
Enough puns to keep me... -floating-, yeah?
Or did I... -sink-?
(someone slap me now)
great 80s sci fi movie
As groundbreaking and FX-redefining as the Water Tentacle was, the standout scene for me is still the rat/fluorocarbon scene. Five rats genuinely breathed liquid and survived to tell the tale, all so that you could watch Ed Harris pretend to do the same thing for the final act.
It's not just the human actors who hate Jim Cameron.
Hoping this would be the Cameron film for me, the one in which his script wouldn't be bothersome or at least the actors would be capable of overcoming it. And then Ed Harris tells Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio to keep her panties on. About fifteen times. I just wanted everyone to shut up for the first twenty or thirty minutes. Things do eventually get going and the intensity ratcheted up (anything underwater creates anxiety for me), but it still failed to blow me away. Is it possible that my favorite Cameron film is True Lies? I haven't seen it in awhile but it feels like the goofiest, least serious in tone in his filmography, which in my mind is more suitable to his strengths.
James Cameron's signature amazing visuals are on display here but a excessively long run-time and a sloppy script make the second half of The Abyss a chore to watch.
I always like when movies with incredibly similar plots come out at the same time. This was better than Deep Star Six or Leviathan, but it's a bit like ranking your favorite port-a-johns.
I think James Cameron's last great movie was Terminator 2, but in every one, he has used cutting edge technology to make them look as real as possible. This one is no exception and is an interesting blueprint for the amazing effects that would be used in T2.
The movie is a little long, and it drastically shifts tone multiple times, but it is consistently engaging, and Ed Harris is solid in what might be his only leading role.
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