Underwater Fun

The Abyss deserves just as much recognition as James Cameron’s other masterpieces. Just about every James Cameronism is represented. It’s got water, military involvement, aliens, strong female characters, and Michael Biehn. As good as it is, I actually didn’t see the entire movie for a long time. I watched it from the famous “water face” scene to the end, but never from the beginning. Mostly because The Abyss is well over 2 hours and 51 minutes long. The Abyss starts off interesting, but really starts to get good by the second act. Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio play a formerly married couple that assist a team of Navy SEAL’s in recovering a nuclear sub. Until things start to go wrong. Trapping everybody at the bottom of the ocean. I have a thing that I do with movies that take place primarily in water. Where I hold my breath in scenes when characters are underwater (it’s fun, you should try it). The Abyss has lots of “how did they film that scenes,” especially the drowning scene. As for the aliens, they look cool, and the CGI is perfect (winning Best Visual Effects). The aliens are fluorescent and brightly colored like most creatures of the deep blue sea. Water water everywhere and all the reason to watch The Abyss.


The aliens communicate using water

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