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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…
Utterly stupefying. As if Cameron was on his deathbed, convinced he would never make another motion picture, and decided to make five all at once.
"Pretty slick, Slick..."
We can all rip on JC for abandoning analog filmmaking for his digital fetish; but he already perfected. Like 5 times over.
This is a masterpiece of film craft that probably should have never happened.
What makes this film even more absorbing than its spellbinding visual effects is the strong sense of urgency and danger provoked by such a suffocating underwater scenario, and the special edition is even more meaningful in times of so much war and mindless destruction.
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Of all the James Cameron films i have seen so far this has to be the one i least enjoyed. i saw the Uncut Special Edition of 171 minutes. It starts of conventionally but after the first act it just plods on forever. the romance is fine for a while then it started to grate on my nerves. The Micahel Bien angle just does not work for me. By the third act it becomes a moral science lesson. If you want to see another movie which is set under the sea check out the riveting Das Boot and if you want alien stuff and how man comes into contact with them Close Encounters of the Third Kind is the real…
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Some awesome special effects. Actually good acting in a James Cameron film...go figure. Loved Ed Harris
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My only issue with this is that it really, really isn't about the aliens at all. Cameron, between marriages, was tapping into the old Hawksian comedy-of-remarriage genre, working through the ways his views on women were evolving. The high-concept science fiction premise of the story -- a highly advanced alien civilization has set up shop deep underwater -- is barely explored and seemingly forgotten for significant stretches. This makes the deus ex machina of the ending even more objectionable (note: I saw the theatrical cut). It's clear from fairly early on that everybody's going to die unless the aliens swoop in and save them by magic. So, of course, that's what happens. This fact, and all the blatant exposition accompanying…
Abyss war einer der Filme, die mir aus James Camerons Gesamtwerk noch gefehlt haben. Generell macht er Filme über den Konflikt zwischen Mensch und Maschine oder Aliens, was mir schonmal gefällt, zusätzlich ist er auch noch einer der besten Regisseure unserer Zeit. Also genug Motivation The Abyss zu schauen.
Insgesamt kann der Film als Scifi-Thriller unter Wasser bezeichnet werden. Die Stärken liegen eindeutig in der spannenden Handlung sowie in der handwerklichen Machart. Cameron drehte die meisten Unterwasserszenen in einem riesigen gefluteten Tank, was für die Schauspieler meist die Hölle war, aber letztendlich für das Endprodukt sehr hilfreich war. Zusätzlich hat er mit Ed Harris und Michael Biehn zwei fantastische Charakterdarsteller die sehr menschlich die beiden männlichen Hauptrollen spielen. Die Effekte…
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