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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…
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…
Movie, you're tearing me apart!
Don't really know how to feel about what I saw here.
I enjoyed the sci-fi aspects of it and the James Cameronness of it.Watched the theatrical, not sure if I could handle another half hour of it, but maybe it would have made it better. I did go and watch the extended ending,though.
Fight—right now! Do it! Fight goddammit! Fight! Fight! FIGHT!
The most admirable quality of The Abyss is its sheer ambition on display. With just his fourth film (third if you exclude Pirahna II), James Cameron solidifies himself as a master of visuals. For all of the infamous production problems that occurred during filming, the film is a marvel in terms of practical effects: all of the sets are simultaneously expansive and finely detailed, and all of the underwater portions of the film are captured beautifully as these actors actually do their thing in millions of gallons of water. Of course, Cameron is never one to back down in terms of advancing visual effects as well, and The Abyss is no exception in that regard either. The mysterious forces lurking…
Probably one of the better underwater alien movies. Loveable characters, decent special fx, and a few intense moments make it a fun 80's ride.
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Didn't do much for me until the last act, which had some truly luminous scenes: the text communication scene, and the first contact scene, basically redeemed the whole film for me. Not that this film is desperately in need of redemption- it's not bad at all. I just couldn't connect with it. I wanted this to be a little stranger, to lean harder into its premise, and to take more of an interest in its own plot. Instead the film flits between that and commercialism, between being accessible and being about aliens at the bottom of the sea.
Also for two and a half hours I couldn't turn off the small David Byrne in the back of my mind that kept going "there is water... at the bottom of the ocean"
James Cameron is known for many things, including an obsession with shipwrecks and the depths. The Abyss might just be an excuse to fuel that fascination, but it succeeds in capturing the otherworldly atmosphere of the ocean floor in convincing detail. This setting is used to explore three interlinked ideas: making contact with underwater intelligent life forms, the drama that ensues from a xenophobic antagonist in response, and mending the broken marriage of the two leads. Like Cameron's later films, there's a lot of plot elements, but the theme is deceptively simple. The Abyss is about trust. The crew have to trust in technology and each other to keep alive underseas. The Aliens must gain trust in humanity by witnessing…
Por alguna extraña razón, siempre había creído que era una película de terror.
Le "Marine épais dans un film de James Cameron" est un archétype en soi.
Films where their style fills the screen so absolutely, substance is but an afterthought.
Only added some that I've seen,…
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