Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Abyss

The Abyss-1989, starring Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. Directed by James Cameron
Maltin says- 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.  Great score by Alan Silvestri; Oscar winner for visual effects.  Special edition includes 27 minutes of extra footage, some of it all-too-obviously cut from theatrical release.  It fleshes out characters, amplifies plot points, and includes some spectacular special effects--but literalizes the other-worldly finale.  3 stars.

I say-This is my last film in the Ab's!  Now to the Ac's!  I own this movie.  This is probably my favorite James Cameron movie, and I feel that the special edition is the only way to watch this movie.  If you watch the regular version, you completely miss the point.  Great acting, great story, and effects that hold up today.  4 stars.

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