The Wheel of What is still spinning at breakneck speed even twelve hours after The Abyss ended. What a perplexing film… or, perhaps, a perplexing marriage of two films. I don’t understand how nobody understood during production just how jarring the tonal pendulum that this film is would be. Let’s examine the two sides of the coin:
1. A tense, claustrophobic, human-motivated submarine thriller. Relatable though unmemorable characters, excellent set and costume design, impressive practical effects, and genuinely exciting and engaging action sequences.
2. A bright-eyed and optimistic extraterrestrial movie with heavy-handed social and political commentary. Heavily reliant on CGI and score to establish an otherworldly tone. More about spiritual/emotional/intellectual struggle than physical survival.
These two films should under no…