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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.
Just totally, utterly, unabashedly irresponsible movie-making by an egoistical madman; a deep sea epic in hangout mode, soaked in Spielbergian sentiment but hardwired through the frazzled jargon of James Cameron. If someone says the guy isn't a humanist, plop that imbecile down 'Clockwork Orange' style and show them The Abyss. Each moment thrives and dances within barriers between safety and death, and masculine exteriors break away into protraits of vulnerability and love. So touching, so dreamy and grounded. Water carries dreadful, elusive weight, but what swims beneath the waves is strange and graceful. I'm never really sure if it truly sticks the landing (both conclusions are flawed), but Cameron's personal vision results in a truthful, at times batshit insane escapade. If anything, this is James Cameron's Interstellar (Nolan obviously loves this thing); a grandiose weepie confined to spouts of lingo and rare slivers of beauty, propelled and carried by ambition.
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…
Sometimes I remember that James Cameron traveled to bottom of Mariana Trench and I'm not sure if it actually happened or I dreamed it because it's so preposterous. I wouldn't be surprised if he found an alien civilization at the bottom of it and is studying them for Avatar Part 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7.
One of the many things I'm terrified of is drowning, after 2 and half hours of people drowning I'm surprised I didn't have a heart attack. Whether you like his movies or not, Cameron has was way with making all his movies look spectacular.
The Abyss reminds me a lot of one of my favorite books Michael Crichton's Sphere. Although only vaguely similar it makes me wish Cameron would have got to adapt it instead of Barry Levinson.
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…
Film #8 of my Journey of July Scavenger Hunt
Task #14 - A movie set underwater
Watched The Directors Cut
Even in the darkest depths, this movie still glows of Cameron. Cameron has in interviews said he looks at himself less as a director and more an explorer. He has said shooting Titanic was an excuse for getting the opportunity to be the first person ever to investigate the real life wreckage of the eponymous ship. And this feels very much like early exploration from Cameron. It seems he was more interested in how he could bend the constructs of filmmaking with both practical effects aswell as early CGI. And he really did. The actors and himself have called this…
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끝없는 심연으로 돌아올 수 없는 길을 떠나는 주인공.
뇌관을 해체한 후 죽음을 기다리는 그에게 나타난 것은 --
그 끝없는 자유 낙하 장면, 그 외로움이 몸서리쳐서 이 영화를 몇 번을 보았는지..
군사 목적을 위해 민간인 전문가들을 이용하는 어떤 전형을 만들어낸 영화가 아닐까?
Should have done better at the box office, as this is one of James Cameron's best films.
Ed Harris halfheartedly wrestling Michael Biehn in water has to be one of the least exciting moments in movie history.
James Cameron does his best Steven Spielberg impression with The Abyss, a movie that feels like a combination of Aliens and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, but underwater. Ed Harris's Bud Brigman leads a team of underwater drillers on a mission to recover sensitive materials from a wrecked submarine. There's more down there than weapons, though, as Bud's ex-wife, Lindsey (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, whose character is oddly considered a huge bitch by everyone involved, herself included) finds out when she encounters glowing, unknown creatures. Any time Cameron really indulges in this alien plot, the movie kind of suffers for it, but the mechanics and the conflicts that are the result of the disparate personalities down in the depths are…
This is a damn good movie except for the cheesy Spielbergesque emotional stuff
Seems like James Cameron has had many cool ideas for a claustrophobic sci-fi adventure that just didn't fit in the Alien-Franchise.
I'm more than happy that this movie came out though, because it went into a complete different direction than Alien or Aliens, although many similarities in tone and feel.
...didn't like the way the movie ended all too much
The coda feels awkward and kind of half-baked (although in 2016, this brand of utopia sounds pretty swell), this is one of the most overwhelming sensory experiences produced by Hollywood in the last 40 years. Staggering practical craft, you can count hundreds of instances in which all of the actors could very easily die if the slightest piece of staging went wrong, all in the name of pure, vibrating emotional catharsis. The film's gargantuan heart more than keeps it afloat.
I miss Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.
Weirdly got into this more than Cameron's previous films. It's basically ALIENS in the water, but the visuals, the characters, and the performances resonated with me far better than in the previous film. The underwater stunts are just so gripping and well-staged, and the alien shit is handled well before that clusterfuck of an ending. It seems to consciously strive for an Amblin-esque feel with many of the early creature encounters (and even the finale's delivery of the human from the mothership!), and never quite reaches the pure emotion of those films, but it's still a nice change of pace from the relentless punishment of Cameron's previous two films.
RELEASE A BLU-RAY NOW, JIMMY.
Some kind soul collected all the films mentioned in a post on Reddit asking for movies that mess with your…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!