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.
From the director of The Terminator & Aliens, The Abyss is an ambitious, daring & harrowing work of underwater production that explores oceanic life unlike any other example before it, is significant for bringing several technological breakthroughs when it comes to underwater shooting & visual effects, makes clever use of its claustrophobic setting to create suspense, only to throw it all away with its dumb, ridiculous & frustrating final act.
Set at the height of the Cold War, the story of The Abyss concerns an underwater oil drilling platform crew which is tasked with a new assignment; to help a team of Navy SEALs locate an American submarine which drowned in the ocean under mysterious circumstances & to also investigate the cause of its crash.…
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…
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.…
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…
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…
"I gotta tell you, I give this whole thing a sphincter-factor of about 9.5."
"There is something out there."
This is one of the best movie ever made period. For the sheer audacity of the filmmaking and for the epic final product. For some reason even many James Cameron fans don't seem to know about it. And it's not out on bluray. These things both need to change.
James Cameron makes big movies. And not just long movies, but big ones, where you get your monies worth in the cinema. They are just so darn satisfying and manage to cram everything you could want from a story into their running time. Now I'm of course looking at the "special edition" cut, I haven watched the theatrical cut for probably 15 years and don't think I ever could again know…
É tipo o Interestelar, só que embaixo d'água e com o Cameron testando a mensagem ecológica que ele empregaria vinte anos depois em Avatar.
Além disso, Ed Harris fazendo derp face.
Not entirely sure what happened but it was cool I guess
i've been trying to watch this movie for at least ten years, since i first saw the rad VHS cover in a hollywood video. but this thing's been difficult to find a nice copy of - i finally stumbled upon a remastered rip from a cinemax broadcast.
not perfect, but just what i imagined --- an underwater epic that combines cameron's fetishization of digital gear and the military with his interests in exploration and religion. the main pleasures are strictly aesthetic- the neon green tech readouts, the slow motion of submerged movement, the constant light blue reflection of the water, etc etc. it's james cameron's flawed personal epic and it's been lodged somewhere in my dreams for most of my life.
The Abyss: A Theory and Demonstration of Underwater Marxist Revolutions by James Cameron
Whilst this 1989 mega-budget underwater epic barely needs a staunch defence as such – it was fairly well-received during its initial run but garnered much more acclaim from its 1993 ‘Special Edition’ release which restored 30 minutes of extra footage and rectified the abrupt ending – it’s easy to see how the film has been slightly forgotten amid James Cameron’s numerous seismic influences on blockbuster cinema, pioneering of digital special-effects technology and his multi-billion dollar successes with Titanic (1997) and Avatar (2009). Even though the majority of Cameron’s films have had a considerable effect on pop-culture and cinema in general and despite him twice evading the notion of sequels being inferior to the original with both Aliens (1986) and Terminator…
What a great pick for my 1000th movie! Other than "Aliens", this might actually be James Cameron's best!
Secretly Cameron's greatest achievement. Only the Kumbaya bullshit in the final reel keeps it from perfection.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
This list is the Letterboxd version of The Oxford History of World Cinema.
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