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The Abyss 1989
PG-13

  • James Cameron
  • August 8, 1989
  • 139 mins
  • English
  • Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Thriller
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.

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James Cameron is often prone to an overextension of his ambition, to mathematically-sound but cliche'd plotlines, and overall to making movies that are understandable as examples of how to make a AAA blockbusting piece of cinema that somehow shows no true artfulness whatsoever. So that would be an understandable perspective to come into The Abyss from-- But it surprises. The emotion that was so overwrought in Titanic shines as a component of a larger film, and the victimization of the alien that ruined Avatar is more compelling when those victims are really, truly alien. The Abyss is no true classic, but it is the most artful showing in James Cameron's filmography, and convincing acting throughout anchors the impact of the movie.

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It features a nice beginning but everything else about this Cameron Sci-Fi Flick is rather boring and cliché: the military has to retrieve a nuclear warhead from a grounded submarine. They sends a SEAL squad to do the job. With the help of some civilian underwater oil workers they have to enter the submarine within a few hours time. But one of the SEALs goes crazy and a civilian tough-guy has to sacrifice his life to safe the alien lifeforms from the detonation of the warhead.

The ending is especially silly and the SFX look really cheap nowadays...

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Classic "Alien" era underwater madness.

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