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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.
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.…
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…
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…
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…
Not just one of the best Sci-Fi films going, one of the best films going.
The director's cut is almost 3 hours of an epic story that zig zags effortlessly between cold war paranoia, an alien apocalypse, a feuding love story and a heart warming ending.
Watching the start of the film, you have absolutely no idea what the film would end that way.
A brilliant film that needs to be watched.
I have made some new friends down here.
Just like what I expected when I watched Close Encounters of the Third Kind. I watched it for the effects.
I'd never seen The Abyss before and in fact I think it's the last big budget Cameron film I'd yet to see. Slightly underwhelming - didn't realise it was a PG-13, thought it was an 18 rated horror for some reason. But it's not at all. Reminded me of Spielberg in that family friendly yet still kind of perilous sort of way.
I don't need to describe the story to people in any great depth (unexplained creatures under water communicate with marine biologists an' that) as it's very popular already. The acting isn't great, considering the talent on board; people like Ed Harris, Michael Biehn, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio etc - but then I guess when they're half dead during filming…
It's a shame that the weakest part of The Abyss is its final ten minutes or so because the rest of the movie rivals the best stuff that Cameron has ever done. FWIW I much prefer the theatrical cut to the Special Edition. It's a little more ambiguous and keeps the focus more firmly on its central characters. There are scenes in this movie that are among my favorite scenes in any movie ever.
Cameron's most political film, it follows very fixed plot points and character types, but still manages to dazzle.
A great movie and a great adventure. I love movies where characters are trapped in confined spaces. And being trapped under water lends itself perfectly for that. The Abyss has a great story and great characters. All very believable. Add to that a perfect location and, fine photography and still looking good effects. S.E. is a little longer but definetly worth it. I think it's the better version.
Ambitious and interesting from Cameron. Think this had the makings of a masterpiece but it's very long and hammed up at key moments. Rate the soundtrack.
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Watched the special edition. Kinda a rewatch in that a couple years ago I twice watched the beginning before falling asleep. Anyway, the entire NTI plot seemed extraneous and it starts getting exponentially more silly right around the time Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is revived, but it's otherwise a very absorbing thriller.
James Cameron's 3 hour underwater adventure is mostly hit-and-miss. Showcasing sporadic tense moments, the film failed to live up to my Aliens/Terminator 2-quality hopes. Maybe I was striving too high when viewing this film.
I found the characters corny, the premise underwhelming, though credit must be given for the encapsulating environment that Cameron provides: A dark, claustrophobic setting that honed some conflict, but wasn't enough to save it from entering the annals of sheer mediocrity.
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I can't imagine any plan being more terrifying than "Let me die and bring me back to life later", and I can't imagine greater impotence than regretting it later and essentially having no other choice left. Great way of resolving that and the resurrecting scene, along with the "Bud almost/probably dying" when he's diving deeper and deeper (Madonna pun unintended). Also, "God damn it, all I need is a God damn crescent wrench" is a great way to encapsulate that moment we've all been in when we're under pressure to do something we'd do in a second if we had the necessary tool.
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