The Abyss
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The crew of an experimental, high-tech submersible is called into action to investigate a mysterious nuclear submarine crash. A series of strange encounters leads the crew to suspect the accident was caused by an extraterrestrial craft, and that they may be participating in an encounter with an alien species. However, in order to make contact, they must not only brave the abyss, an exceedingly deep underwater canyon, but also deal with the violent actions of one of their own crew members, an increasingly paranoid Navy SEAL officer. Approved by director James Cameron, The Abyss: Special Edition… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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"A firstrate underwater suspenser with an otherworldly twist, The Abyss suffers from a payoff unworthy of its buildup."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Anyone looking for a discouraging word about this stupendously exciting and emotionally engulfing film should read no further. The Abyss confirms James Cameron as a world-class filmmaker."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The Abyss gains in some ways from its own Achilles heels, in a way most movies don't... its formal technique, its reckless obsessiveness, and its gutsy emotionalism are what I can't stop turning over in my mind."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"As a follow-up to Cameron's great sci-fi Aliens, The Abyss is too verbose for an actioner and the special effects, striking as they are, are not well integrated into the narrative, but it's still worth seeing."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Forget Titanic this is Cameron's best underwater flick"
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"The attempt to extract the essences of several genres (cold-war submarine thriller, love story, Disney fantasy, pseudomystical SF in the Spielberg mode) and mix them together ultimately leads to giddy incoherence."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The human stuff is more than worth the descent."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"One need not be a Cameron acolyte to recognise that The Abyss has aged better than some of the films that outshone it back in the day."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"What ultimately saves the film are its extraordinary sets and phenomenal Oscar-winning visual effects."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"What was once a well-made, well-acted mess is now a very poignant and satisfying sci-fi adventure."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"This overlong concoction is scuppered by dire dialogue, histrionic performances and maudlin sentimentality."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"I'd sooner believe that Moby Dick could swim up the drainpipe."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"The movie was a bear to make and it shows onscreen, parading around a series of mesmerizing set-pieces that look deliciously hard-earned in ways our current CG-drenched filmmaking climate never allows."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Great blending of spectacle and drama."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"A gorgeous and fascinating underwater adventure."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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