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.
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…
Enjoyable sci fi movie is too weird and forgettable.
most of the time i had a feeling that jimmy cameron made a movie based on a script by steven spielberg (friendly aliens anyone???). still technically amazing and i did not mind even almost 3 hours mark, but it's lacking some stand out action scene or more memorable characters that make others movies by "iron" jim pop. probably cameron's weakest link in his filmography but still solid 4 out of 5 and that says something of the quality of his work...
Saw a gorgeous 35mm print of the director's cut (minus the Nietzsche quote at the beginning, for some reason). One can see why this was a box office disappointment when it was released, as it's not the fine-tuned machine that Aliens or either Terminator is; at the same time, it's the most emotionally moving of Cameron's movies. The double climax of the CPR scene followed by Bud and Lindsay's conversation via text while he's near death is the most wrenching 20-minute stretch of cinema from a director who, at his best, is pretty much unparalleled at this sort of thing. When the movie's sea-dwelling aliens finally take over the story, it's still visually stunning, admittedly schmaltzy but in a way…
What I was most impressed by was how well (most of) the effects hold up, especially the aliens. I did enjoy myself, but I also kept wondering why on earth this had to be three hours long.
Sidenote: possibly Michael Biehn's worst performance in a James Cameron movie, unfortunately.
A bloated, self-important waste of time.
This probably deserves higher marks, but I don't think I've ever seen the entire movie, beginning to end, in one sitting -- though, I have, with several sittings put together, seen the entire movie.
I'll own the DVD some day, and then I'll be able to give a solid review/rating. Suffice it to say, I always enjoy watching this movie, no matter where I pick it up.
A satisfying sci-fi that makes tremendous commentary on our violent ways by quite literally exploring the depths of our humanity.
My only gripe with this is that the crew's conflict with Michael Biehn's character goes on for too long and feels like it belongs in a different movie. Other than that the husband and wife dynamic along with the sci-fi aspects of this make for a gripping story filled with groundbreaking visuals. Also Ed Harris is great in the lead role even if he and the rest of the cast hated working on the movie. This and True Lies need to come out on blu ray.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- The Abyss
- All About Steve
- Alvin and the Chipmunks
- Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
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