The Abyss (1989) USA
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Director:James Cameron
Studio:20th Century Fox
Producer:Gale Anne Hurd, Van Ling
Writer:James Cameron
Date Added:2007-03-06
Purchased On:2007-06-03
Awards:Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 12 nominations
Genre:Sci-Fi Action
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:2.35 : 1
Languages:English, Dolby Digital 5.0, English, Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Subtitles:English, Spanish
James Cameron  ...  (Director)
James Cameron  ...  (Writer)
Ed Harris  ...  Virgil 'Bud' Brigman
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio  ...  Lindsey Brigman
Michael Biehn  ...  Lt. Hiram Coffey
Leo Burmester  ...  Catfish De Vries
Todd Graff  ...  Alan 'Hippy' Carnes
John Bedford Lloyd  ...  Jammer Willis
J.C. Quinn  ...  Arliss 'Sonny' Dawson
Kimberly Scott  ...  Lisa 'One Night' Standing
Captain Kidd Brewer Jr.  ...  Lew Finler (as Capt. Kidd Brewer Jr.)
George Robert Klek  ...  Wilhite
Christopher Murphy  ...  Schoenick, SEAL Team Member
Adam Nelson  ...  Ensign Monk, SEAL Team Member
Dick Warlock  ...  Dwight Perry (as Richard Warlock)
Jimmie Ray Weeks  ...  Leland McBride
J. Kenneth Campbell  ...  DeMarco
Ken Jenkins  ...  
Chris Elliott  ...  
Peter Ratray  ...  
Michael Beach  ...  
Brad Sullivan  ...  
Mikael Salomon  ...  Cinematographer
Conrad Buff IV  ...  Editor
Howard E. Smith  ...  Editor
Joel Goodman  ...  Editor
Comments: There's everything you've ever known about adventure, and then there's The Abyss.

Summary: Meticulously crafted but also ponderous and predictable, James Cameron's 1989 deep-sea close-encounter epic reaffirms one of the oldest first principles of cinema: everything moves a lot more slowly underwater. Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, as formerly married petroleum engineers who still have some "issues" to work out, are drafted to assist a gung-ho Navy SEAL (Michael Biehn) with a top- secret recovery operation: a nuclear sub has been ambushed and sunk, under mysterious circumstances, in some of the deepest waters on earth, and the petro-techies have the only submersible craft capable of diving down that far. Every image and every performance is painstakingly sharp and detailed (and the computerized water creatures are lovely) but the movie's lumbering pace is ultimately lethal. It's the audience that ends up feeling waterlogged. For a guy who likes guns as much as Cameron (his next film after all, was the body-count masterpiece Terminator 2: Judgment Day), it's interesting that the moral balance here is weighted heavily in favor of the can-do engineers; the military types are end-justifies-the-means amoralists, just like the weasely government bureaucrats in Aliens. --David Chute