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.
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…
A top notch movie. And probably the film that confirmed that James Cameron would become one of the great directors.
However it's incredible length, and its wetter than wet ending, stop this from being a 5 star'er.
It is long. Too long perhaps, but it does brilliantly at sustaining your attention and indeed the tension. James Cameron makes the sea look as wonderful as anything we have seen set in space. The sets and special effects are stunning. Oscar winning in fact. The cast clearly went through hell in making this movie, and they are all solid, stereotypical types.
Despite its 2hr 50 run time, it is hugely enjoyable.
A must for any movie lovers CV.
Colonel? I’ve got Emma Emmerich here… we’ve managed to avoid drowning.
An incident causes an American submarine to sink in the Atlantic Ocena and it's up to a team of oil rig roughnecks and some Navy SEALs to find out what the hell happened. And with that, we submerge.
With the viewing of The Abyss, I've now watched every James Cameron movie with the exception of one short film and one feature, and to this day he still hasn't disappointed (yes, even with Avatar). Like I said in my review of Strange Days, I consider him to be one of the greatest names in the sci-fi genre and The Abyss is yet another fantastic piece of Cinema by Cameron, a…
Part of the No Rewatch November 2012 Project.
In this remake of Alien, the natural resource company employees are again sent on a mission to investigate something they aren't qualified for or interested in. It all gets very dangerous. In a refreshing change of pace, they have to go under the ocean instead of to a different planet to find the aliens and the aliens this time are nice. Its the other crew members that make trouble.
Those are really the only major changes though. I liked it. I miss when Jim Cameron still knew how to make good movies.
Captivating and engrossing. Although, as usual, Cameron's characters often speak with his voice instead of their own. (Talk about a classless way to deal with your own divorce, sheesh.)
Even still, I cannot emphasize enough how visually beautiful this movie is. Worth watching for the visuals alone.
[I watched the special / extended edition.]
Solid sci fi film by Cameron, not as good as Aliens, but still pretty solid.
I can think of several ways the movie could be more satisfying, but the truth is, after the death/resurrection/emotional climax, Cameron had nowhere else to go except into the pit. The theatrical version cuts his hokeyness a bit (thankfully), but it would never satisfy so long as he was committed to bringing us into direct contact with the aliens one last time. He forces them to become a contrived plot point rather than a mysterious texture.
Thankfully, there's lots of sturdy suspense and memorable setpieces leading up to that moment so the film still works for me overall.
3 out of 5 (B-)
The underwater pictures are awesome and the deep-sea-is-like-cosmos theme is something I would love to see more of. Unfortunately the story is full of cliches and the movie is just another example of James Cameron not being a good writer and still delivering a fun experience. The worst thing here though is the silly and shallow ending.
Like all of James Cameron's classic movies, The Abyss is a damn good time at the opera house. I can't think of a more highly evolved director of blockbusters than Mr. Cameron. Sure, there's Steven Spielberg, Cameron's arch nemesis, and Christopher Nolan. But Nolan's not old enough to play in the Toddler room (and I don't like his directing style). So Cameron wins by default and because I said so!!
Though he didn't create Star Wars or ET, he made The Abyss which is an awkward mix of both. The Special Edition runs nearly 3 hours, and it's a mostly consistent affair. The dialogue of course is a weak point but I found it less jarring than Avatar or Titanic's…
I've never understood why this wasn't a huge blockbuster. Titanic and Avatar hit the jackpot but not this? Huh??
This is the last Cameron film I hadn't seen and, as a defender of the guy, was expecting a lot out of it. But this film has too much going on in it, and not a lot of the material is that interesting. This is a movie about discovering aliens in the bottom of the ocean that also has to skip onto some anti-war sentiment and estranged lovers. Everything with the aliens is magical though, like a maritime Close Encounters.