The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
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…
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.…
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.
Underwater scifi. Not any better than outer space scifi. Had forgotten all about this and .... that was ok. long and... scifi.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Truth be told, this is one of the films I've been looking forward to the most in the challenge, if only because my friend and Flickchart developer Nathan pretty much never shuts up about it. But Nathan didn't give it to me for the challenge - he hasn't chosen yet, so we'll see what he comes up with now that one of his favorite casual recs for me is gone.
I'm sort of hot and cold on James Cameron - I think he can be pretty visionary in terms of technology, but he also often risks letting the tech in his film take over the story and characters, Avatar being the chief example of both stunning tech and lackluster/derivative story.…
More like The Abyssmal, eh?
Possibly the worst resuscitation sequence I've ever seen.
James Cameron directs from his own messy screenplay, delivering an overlong, unfocused 'epic' film where trigger-happy US military strive to upstage an encounter with peaceful, glowing (and not so well-designed) marine aliens. Starting with listless supporting characters spouting senseless jargon, interspersed with insert shots of miniature boats, 'The Abyss' never really takes off, despite some stunning underwater photography and one or two genuinely suspenseful scenes. Cameron forgoes good storytelling, opting for bland pathos and 'epic' feel (which cute stop-motion and pre-pubescent CGI effects struggle to convey). The excellent cast are reduced to shouting second-rate dialogue while up to their necks in water. The man who gave us 'The Terminator' would have done better streamlining his story and injecting some more…
Make sure you see the unedited version with the full ending. It makes a lot more sense and doesn't seem nearly as abrupt or comical. That being said, this movie is a great mix of science fiction and action. Just plain entertaining.
First viewing of the theatrical cut.
1) This totally works!
2) What the hell did Gale Ann Hurd do to him?
The Abyss really feels like James Cameron's The Thing. It functions in mostly the same way too: Tight Quarters, Paranoia, Alien Beings, One of the crew is not like the others. Only Cameron, unlike Carpenter, replaces Survival Horror with Benign Real Life Science, and Humanity in place of Bleak Terror.
Belos efeitos especiais e visuais, ótima ambientação e uma boa história, que infelizmente, conta com alguns clichês que deixam um pouco a desejar. Ainda assim, a direção de James Cameron consegue entregar uma ótima obra sobre ficção-cientifica e fantasia.
Often visually stunning but even more often dramatically uninvolving, this film from King of the World James Cameron follows a group of oddball underwater oil rig workers as they reluctantly team up with some secretive marines and a tough-talking engineer to rescue a nuclear sub that has mysteriously crashed at the bottom of the sea just as a hurricane bears down on them.
As a fan of Cameron's work I enjoyed how the film serves as an index and re-working of concerns and images that run through most of his films, but the elements never come together here in a satisfying way.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!