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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.
Still stands as possibly my favourite James Cameron film. Engrossing and tense,gets a skittle to full of itself, but still really enjoy anytime I watch it.
This is the first time I've watched the theatrical version in decades (only because I couldn't find the remote to my kid's TV). The director’s cut is superior but all the great elements are there.
THE ABYSS my favorite James Cameron film. It’s gritty, smart, exciting and beautiful. Cameron will always be a master of the special effect. The water probed and mini-sub chase scene are amazing setpieces.
And let’s not forget Ed Harris and his blue hand! What an enjoyably minute detail.
It's a little too long, and definitely rife with cliched or predictable moments, but there's too much brilliance in here for me to not enjoy this movie. Everything involving the "Non-Terrestrial Lifeforms" was fantastic, the action scenes were all riveting, and the two lead performances really gave this movie an emotional core. Very good movie that could have been great with a few minor changes.
The HD version running on Cinemax is enormously gratifying--but it's the theatrical version (which may be all we can get in HD) and, of course, shorn of the extras that made it to LD and the (poor) DVD. Crying out for Blu-ray...
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
What a fantastic thrill ride. James Cameron doesn't disappoint with this sea-bound adventure. Suspense is well explored by his excellent direction and is enhanced by the fantastic performances of Mastrantonio and Harris. Also look for Michael Biehn flex his acting credentials as he looks to fulfill his endeavours. The visual effects in The Abyss are jaw-dropping for a 1989 film, and the stunt-work also adds a nice bit of action to the story. The sets are no less than fantastic, you won't be able to take your eyes off of it.
Deeply … amazing!
Um dos meus filmes favoritos de todos os tempos. A cena do Ed Harris tirando o capacete cheio de oxigênio líquido nunca me saiu da cabeça, entre outras. Tem a ver com a minha infância, mas ainda hoje acho uma ficção científica genial.
In interesting James Cameron Film. Falls apart at the end, though.
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