Ghosts of the Abyss
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Filmmaker James Cameron has long been fascinated with the ill-fated maiden voyage of the great ship the Titanic, and he used the story as the backdrop for his most famous and successful movie. In the summer of 2001, Cameron and his good friend Bill Paxton (who appeared in Titanic) joined a group of scientists, maritime historians, archaeologists, and deep sea explorers for a daring experiment -- to find and document the Titanic's final resting place at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Cameron brought along a film crew equipped with state-of-the-art 3-D cameras to document the voyage and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

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"This hour-long feature, edited down from 900 hours of footage, is both a technical marvel and a heartfelt memorial to those who died when the ship sank in 1912."
‑ Ted Shen, Chicago Reader
"One of the rare Imax movies in which the 3-D effects are completely melded into the picture, rather than simply used as a gimmick."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"If you see only one James Cameron-directed movie about theTitanic -and you should - see the one that doesn't star Kate and Leo."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"I wouldn't call "Ghosts of the Abyss" a compelling documentary or even an artistic one. It's more like a visit to a museum-in this case, one that's 12,500 feet below the surface."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"This is a brilliant showcase for IMAX and Cameron who offer an entertaining and fascinating glimpse of history to us all."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"It may not have the organisation of 'art', but it's quite some postcard."
‑ , Time Out
"Aside from his CGI ghostcraft unwittingly co-opting Pat O'Neill's last feature, Cameron is entirely predictable in a marines T-shirt, exhorting, 'Next stop, Titanic -- rock 'n' roll!'"
‑ Edward Crouse, Village Voice
"A bit slow-going and strangely emotionless at times. But Bill Paxton's nervous expressions add humor, and the film's jaw-dropping glimpse at the Titanic are powerful, to say the least."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"Go and marvel at this spectacular piece of visual history; it's 60 minutes very well spent."
‑ Alice Tynan, Concrete Playground
"Despite Paxton's whooping every time a new artefact comes on screen, it's hard to be constantly excited about watching a bunch of rusty, decayed junk -- historic and three-dimensional though it may be."
‑ Olly Richards, Empire Magazine
"Cameron, who produced and directed it, does a visually splendid job, though what he has fashioned comes down to a logistical footnote to his great, primal, heart-of- the-ocean blockbuster."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Ghosts of the Abyss is an incredible experience that will further enhance our century-long fascination with the Titanic."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"James Cameron's latest memorial to the spirit that exists mournfully and sadly in utter silence as the effects of time and salinity slowly and inexorably take their toll."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"What's the point of this documentary?"
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Cameron has gone from shaping the zeitgeist to spoonfeeding it"
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
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