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.…
Within the deep and dark
The magic of light.
Starving off psychosis
Love stronger than liquid.
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…
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…
Cameron's ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS and one of the greatest technical accomplishments in the history of the medium. it's easy to say they don't make 'em like this anymore, but i can hardly believe they ever made 'em like this in the first place, especially without casualties.
James Cameron has always been a masterful storyteller and a premier filmmaker, regardless of what naysayers have said about his inflated ego and the degree of difficulty it may be to work with him. Putting it simply, the man has made some terrific films and has achieved things other directors can only dream about.
"The Abyss" is arguably one of his greatest films, and it is also criminally overlooked by the general moviegoing population. This is a daring, thrilling and visually stunning picture, weaving human drama and science fiction together is a nearly perfect manner. The end result is an emotionally draining message movie, as Cameron's aliens only want to see the human race get along.
He may have gotten…
Direction - ★★★★
Acting - ★★★★
Writing - ★★★★
Cinematography - ★★★★½
Visual Effects - ★★★★★
Music/Score/Sound - ★★★★
Editing - ★★★★★
Costume Design - ★★★
Makeup - ★★★★
The abyss has srong acting but its messy special effects get in the way
Sadly Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio isn't Near Topless Yelling at Al Pacino in this. However Great Movie Nonetheless
the best James Cameron film for me.
Goodness I may the only one on here who just didn't care for it as much as I should have. It's too long, too boring, the CGI for the day is a gem to watch and when we actually do get to encounter the aliens, it's a marvel. It's just not Cameron's best.
I took a -deep dive- into my film collection, and this film -surfaced-. And watching it, I realized; Wow, this film is pretty... -deep-.
Enough puns to keep me... -floating-, yeah?
Or did I... -sink-?
(someone slap me now)
great 80s sci fi movie
As groundbreaking and FX-redefining as the Water Tentacle was, the standout scene for me is still the rat/fluorocarbon scene. Five rats genuinely breathed liquid and survived to tell the tale, all so that you could watch Ed Harris pretend to do the same thing for the final act.
It's not just the human actors who hate Jim Cameron.
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My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014); 618-653 are not ordered yet.