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The Abyss

2h 20m
Adventure, Action, Thriller, Science Fiction
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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CloudspotterSupine says...
8 years ago
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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nmahoney416 says...
4 years ago
All the underwater filming is impressive but the movie didn't feel special. It's plot was basic, the acting was fine, the special effects didn't age well. Still worth watching at least once.
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Jim222001 says...
3 years ago
The whole reason James Cameron made the movie. Was due to dreams of tsunamis. So it’s weird that scene is only in the director’s cut. With aliens threatening to crush humans with a giant wave. It adds more to the movie. Either way the Abyss was the strongest of the submarine underwater creature movies of 1989. Due to Cameron as director, fine effects and a great cast. As well as more of an original story than just Alien underwater. Which the other underwater movies from 1989 were like. The Abyss is more about peaceful aliens that don’t like the violence humans cause.
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NotoriousX says...
3 years ago
You can say what you want about James Cameron, but he knows how to write and direct adventure movies. The Abyss is one I remember with great fondness. You know what I mean...the VHS tape that you could barely watch because you have watched so many times the tape was almost ruined. Thank whatever deity you prefer for Blu-Ray restorations...am I right? Anyway...The Abyss still holds up as an adventure movie, and with all the state of the art (for the time) tech they used for this one, it almost looks just as good now as it did back then. The Abyss is still very much worth the time, and to me...it's still one of the greatest undersea adventures ever made.
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CONTAINS SPOILERS6/10  2 years ago
[5.8/10] James Cameron is a fine technician. He mounts technically impressive set pieces, which make the unfathomable seem plausible. Sometimes that comes in the form of mechanized conveyances colliding into one another. Sometimes it’s luminous alien creatures making contact with humanity. Sometim More
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CONTAINS SPOILERS8/10  4 months ago
Directors Cut:

Two thoughts at the beginning

There is a certain symmetry in the fact that a film that has as its motif the danger of nuclear weapons and radioactive material was shot in a decommissioned nuclear power plant.

Secondly, James Cameron's technical developments (Avatar 2) have ensured, More
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John Chard
4 years ago
Cameron's Marvellous Close Encounters Of The Sea Kind.

A deep sea oil crew are called upon by the military to investigate the events that saw an American Nuclear Submarine crash down in the abyss. As the crew, and their hot headed Navy Seal passengers, get down deeper, it would seem they are not More
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