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A place on earth more awesome than anywhere in space.
"Spectacular underwater saga... a fascinating, one-of-a-kind experience. Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
|Estranged oil-platform workers and a navy seal make a startling deep-sea discovery.|
After a nuclear submarine mysteriously sinks in a remote part of the ocean floor, a team of divers on a prototype underwater oil rig are pressed into service by the U.S. Navy in a rescue attempt. When a hurricane cuts off contact between the surface and the underwater depths, the crew begin to see evidence of a strange, possibly alien intelligence at work. While chief Bud Brigman (Ed Harris) bickers with his ex-wife and boss (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), the Navy commander begins to grow increasingly paranoid about the mysterious alien life and threatens to use a recovered nuclear weapon to destroy everything. James Cameron's undersea epic is a tale of sacrifice and hope in an amazing alien landscape that covers 2/3 of the Earth's surface. Featuring landmark visual effects but plagued by production difficulties, the cast and crew were stretched to the breaking point and THE ABYSS became one of the most expensive films ever made in its time, but the final result is a remarkable blend of action and human drama. Scenes cut from the theatrical version, including a number of special effects sequences involving huge tidal waves threatening the cities of the world, are restored in the Special Edition versions.
Cast & Crew
||John Bruno, et al., Winner, Best Visual Effects
||Leslie Dilly, et al., Nominee, Best Art Direction
||Mikael Salomon, Nominee, Best Cinematographer
||Don J. Bassman, et al., Nominee, Best Sound
||John Bruno, et al., Winner, Best Effects, Visual Effects
||Leslie Dilly, et al., Nominee, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
||Mikael Salomon, Nominee, Best Cinematography
"...[A] stupendously exciting and emotionally engulfing film....With probing intelligence and passionate feeling, Cameron has raised the adventure film very close to the level of art..."
"...Cameron again delves in....An epic story line...and much more..." -- Rating: B
"...A technical marvel with sustained tension, exciting action footage and an emotional wallop in its nearly platonic love story..."
Los Angeles Times
"...THE ABYSS is at heart a sweet movie....The undersea effects are glowingly beautiful..."
"...A great achievement....The cast is solid and the pioneering CG effects still look incredible..."
Rolling Stone 9 of 10
...confirms James Cameron as a world-class filmmaker... the greatest underwater adventure ever filmed... It's also something even more unexpected: a love story of shattering impact... Cameron is uncannily successful at creating a mounting feeling of claustrophobia.
- Peter Travers
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide 8 of 10
Spectacular underwater saga about an oil-rig crew that gets involved in a perilous mission to rescue a sunken nuclear sub. Better as underwater adventure than futuristic sci-fi, with a couple of crises too many, but still a fascinating, one-of-a-kind experience.