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.
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…
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.…
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…
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.
A rewatch. Though it became quickly clear that I must not have seen this film since it first was committed to VHS at the end of the 80s as the only parts that I vaguely remembered came around the two hour mark in this very very long movie voyage (plus I watched the extended version here... sigh).
Too many long stretches of very little happening, a strangely uncharismatic cast, and a less than wow pay off at the end make this a bit of a snooze, frankly. Folks make apologies for the early CGI, but other earlier, similar films (like Close Encounters of the Third Kind, for instance, managed to exceed the era's limitations.
Aside from marking the beginning of James Cameron's love affair with the ocean, it also points to the brand of "message" story telling he sometimes still wanders into.
Maybe I should rewatch Deep Star Six now?
more like THE HUNT FOR RED ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
Ako ikada sretnem Camerona, pitat ću ga: "Jesi ti neki VANZEMALJAC?"
Even with one or two big logic failures in the plot 'The Abyss' is big time entertainment with high drama attitude. And thank god he gave us Ed Harris! He's the glue that keeps here ALL together. Six Oscars just for him. Another Six for the camera and the the ultimate tec...
Watching the special edition, the story's even more of a mess. There's an added ending with giant waves that, while looking cool, adds another subplot into a movie chock full of them. At nearly three hours long, it gets to be a bit much. The original version has the same problems, though. There's a love story, a disaster flick, an alien contact film, and an anti-Cold War message all trying to get out of this movie, and none of them mesh together very well. The visuals are very impressive, but also just seem to be attempting to mimic Close Encounters - underwater. Ed Harris is overacting a bit, but nothing compared to Michael Biehn, who finds the scenery so damn tasty. Still, it's well-made, and the scene with the water arm is classic.
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.
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