The Abyss Movie Information

Movie Information

Overall Rank: 1054

Average Rating: 2.9/4

# of Ratings: 347

Theatrical Release Date: 08/09/1989

Language: English

Genre: Action, Adventure

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Director: James Cameron

Actors: Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Biehn, Leo Burmester, Kimberly Scott, Todd Graff

Plot: The Abyss is an underwater story of civilian oil rig workers who are told to help rescue a nuclear sub that sunk for unknown reasons.

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Rating of
2.5/4

Matthew Brady - wrote on 02/11/2014

The Abyss is an underwater story of civilian oil rig workers who are told to help rescue a nuclear sub that sunk for unknown reasons. This movie has amazing visual effect's and funny writing but I feel the lacks on plot.

Rating of
4/4

The Host - wrote on 10/25/2012

Great movie! The Special Edition is even better!

Rating of
3.5/4

Snoogans - wrote on 09/15/2011

Cameron delivers another great sci-fi adventure. Some of the best underwater scenes ever filmed.

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Yojimbo
Yojimbo
Movie God

Rating of
3/4

"The Abyss" by Yojimbo

Yojimbo - wrote on 07/02/2012

A deep sea drilling rig is commandeered by the military for a search and rescue mission to find a downed nuclear submarine, but in the depths of the deep ocean they find that they are not alone. The Abyss is a rather frustrating film. For most of the story, James Cameron's pedigree as a skilled director of exciting blockbusters comes to the fore as he creates a nice otherworldly atmosphere, a collection of likeable characters, plenty of tension and some rip-roaring action scenes set below the waves. Unfortunately all of this excellent groundwork is wasted on a final act that can only be described as a huge anticlimax. He attempts to create a sense of wonderment in the style of Close Encounters which the film is clearly influenced by, but without drama or context the aliens just seem to …

Daniel Corleone
Daniel Corleone
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Rating of
3/4

The Abyss review

Daniel Corleone - wrote on 05/16/2012

This is an underwater Aliens without the guns and less violent. The picture had so many claustrophobic moments because of the solid acting. The film lacks character development and immediately immerses the action underwater when a crew checks a dilapidated sub. Jammer saw something that was discussed by Virgil "Bud" Brigman (Ed Harris) and Dr. Lindsey Brigman (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio). Effects were magnificent for its time coupled with the majestic score especially when Bud was rescued underwater. Harris and Mastrantonio’s performances were amazing despite some lengthy portions of the film that prolonged the movie. Themes of love, hope, alienists’ and persistence were touched. So many spectacular underwater scenes including suspenseful moments. The Abyss is a sight to …

mdtinney
mdtinney
Movie God

Rating of
3.5/4

Best Ed Harris movie ever!

mdtinney - wrote on 08/26/2009

This movie is why I have such a respect for imagination and creativity. James Cameron reportedly came up with the idea for this movie during a boring biology class, penning down his thoughts in a short story fashion, and then later making movie history by writing and directing The Abyss. Some of the best special effects I have ever seen to-date, and definitely some of the best under-water cinematography. The full story (almost 3 hours long on the special DVD version) is worth the watch, and is engrossing from beginning to end. This is definitely one of my favorite films of all time. It is hard to believe the film is 20 years old and can still be so convincing and heart-touching. My respect goes out to Ed Harris who went through hell to portray his part. Mary Elizabeth was also …

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