The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
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.…
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.…
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…
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.
I can't believe I never saw this when it came out in the theatres. It would have been so nice to see it on the big screen since there were so many cool special effects. I was surprised how well done it was for the year it was made. I was expecting cheesy non-realistic scenes since it is done mostly in water but I was pleasantly surprised. The characters were relatable and the actors did a great job of capturing the angst of the situations. Even the sound was impressive. I really liked it.
Cameron é um diretor hollywoodiano, no bom sentido, completo. O filme impressiona com sua técnica, pelo envolvimento com as personagens e pela fabulosa cena da reanimação. Por outro lado, o roteiro nhé e a história paz e amor de aliens moralistas pagadores de sapo já não cola mais. Em um mundo pré-queda do muro de Berlim deve ter colado.
The 4/5 rating pertains to the "special edition" of this film. The theatrical version, which would have been rated 3.5/5, is a fair underwater adventure story, set with compelling sequences and solid characters, but with a science fiction elements that leave much to be desired and plenty of questions in desperate need of exploration. That is not to say this reviewer does not enjoy a bit of mystery, but only when it is absolutely warranted. However, the special edition, which runs nearly three hours long, demonstrates an immensely stronger film. The story suddenly becomes backed up with interesting subtexts involving the ongoing paranoias of the Cold War (something that is mildly touched upon in the theatrical cut) and the imminent…
Letter Grade: A+
Like E.T. underwater(with a sprinkle of Avatar here and there).
Great movie with great story and acting. Unfortunately James Cameron is not making such exciting movies anymore.
An underseen but overated movie in my opinion.
James Cameron is a maniac.
Cameron does a great job of combining Alien, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and The Thing.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!