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.
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…
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…
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.
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.
Astonishing, it's early days but I'll be surprised if I see a better film this month. I adored every moment and the 2 hours 40+ of the Special Edition flew by - and for the love of God, having read which scenes were excluded from the original theatrical cut be sure to watch the special edition (the cuts are truly baffling).
It's also no wonder this won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, it still looks fantastic to this day.
A cinematic fucking achievement. Nobody will ever shoot a movie like this ever again, and if aliens did threaten us, I'd send Ed Harris as our beacon any day of the week.
Every bit as awe-inspiring and richly designed as any of his other, more famous films, James Cameron's The Abyss is another emotionally gripping, technically amazing Sci-Fi film for the auteur. Grounded in emotional performances by Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and Michael Biehn it keeps the viewer constantly engaged despite it's near 3-hour running time with Cameron's usual mix of endearing characters and Sci-Fi spectacle. With incredible special effects and set pieces, it explores the deep sea with a sense of natural wonder and epic scope akin to a David Lean film. It's a gut-wrenching film in more than one way, both emotionally draining and stupefyingly suspenseful. Slashed to bits by the studio because of length, the Special Edition cut is obviously the definitive version of the film, with over 30 minutes of additional and alternate footage that makes the film into one of the most under-appreciated classics of 80s Science Fiction.
Thoughts based upon the Special Edition cut.
James Cameron goes underwater for more crew-based hijinks as a rag-tag crew of drillers investigate a downed submarine and find...
Well, some pretty hokey shit, that's what. Loved the set-pieces in here, but something about the first two-thirds of the film just didn't grab me emotionally - aside from being a string of impeccably directed action scenes.
And then when things do get emotional at the end, boy is it pretty stupid. I know people seem to be fans of the extended edition for clarifying things, but now I'm interested in seeing the simplified version because I really didn't jive with the ending - as cool as it all looked.
The truly great sci-fi movies are not about futuristic technology, time travel, or aliens. They are about people and how those extraordinary things affect their ordinary lives. That's why I consider this one of the best sci-fi movies ever made. The characters feel so real, and you could almost lift the entire supernatural element out of the film and it would still be an emotional character drama. It is easy to get emotionally involved in these people's lives as they face difficult trials.
It's hard for me to express just how perfect I think they did in the production of this film. The cast feels so right that I often find it unusual when I see these actors in other…
Somehow I never saw this giant James Cameron movie and had the impression it was a horror. I was mistaken! Ed Harris and the rest of the crew were pretty good,and the whole film had a cool feeling of discovery just around the corner like an early Spielberg flick. That is until the ending with the giant tidal waves and the bad extras. I guess they added that for the special edition. Boy was that hokey. I liked the long descent though and the text messaging. Oh God and when they drowned the rat, but not really- that was traumatic. Poor little guy.
Cameron using machines/other life forms as a mirror for humanity, and each time the results are painfully compelling. Perhaps his best technical exercise as well.
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I'm posting this list earlier than normal as I'm not sure I'll be around much next week.
For the purposes…