Watch: The Abyss 1989 123movies, Full Movie Online – Formerly married petroleum engineers who still have some issues to work out. They are drafted to assist a gung-ho Navy SEAL 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..
Plot: A civilian oil rig crew is recruited to conduct a search and rescue effort when a nuclear submarine mysteriously sinks. One diver soon finds himself on a spectacular odyssey 25,000 feet below the ocean’s surface where he confronts a mysterious force that has the power to change the world or destroy it.
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Awe Inspiring Spectacle
The story of The Abyss starts with a mysterious crash of a US nuclear submarine that is armed with the appropriate nuclear weaponry for its time. With reports of it down, we want to get it before the Russians do.
When it rains it pours, literally in this case. A fast moving storm forces the Navy to use the crew and equipment from a nearby underwater deep sea drilling platform and the oil roughnecks are promised some big government checks for their help.
Crew chief Ed Harris gives his reluctant consent, made even more reluctant by the fact that his estranged wife Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio has designed some new equipment for use in the really deep waters of The Abyss of the Atlantic Ocean.
The Navy people and the oil people are a bad fit to start with, but when the deep depths effect Navy SEAL Michael Biehn by bringing out the worst aspects of the military authoritarian personality things get real interesting down in the deep.
The spectacle does dwarf the story which is the only real criticism I can make of The Abyss. What the submarine made accidental contact with is some incredible alien life form which I can’t go into further because that’s the whole point of the film. Of course Biehn still believes it’s all a Russian plot of some kind and therein lies the conflict exacerbated by the extreme paranoia he develops.
Unlike Cameron’s Titanic, the spectacle at the end just overwhelms the human players in this film. But it was those special effects that go The Abyss its Academy Award recognition. The Abyss was also nominated for Sound and Art&Set Direction and Cinematography. It could have been a winner in any of those categories. In fact the biggest mistake you can make which is the one I did make, to see The Abyss on the small screen and formatted. This film is what IMAX was developed for.
Though the story does get lost somewhat in the special effects the point is still made about man being ready and open to all kinds of possibilities of life that can exist anywhere. See The Abyss, but wait for a revival showing at a theater.
Typical Cameron Sleazeballs
If profane, stupid dialog doesn’t bother you, this is a very interesting and unique film. Unfortunately, its a James Cameron-directed movie which means you get a lot of disgusting, foul-mouthed characters as the leads – people you are supposed to like. In here, it’s Elisabeth Mastrantonio and Ed Harris, who are no strangers to play hard, profane people. They spend most of the moving yelling at each other. This “romance” is so stupid it’s insulting, as is the ridiculous New Age-alien visitors ending.
The good news, in addition to the unique story, was the special-effects. I’m not sure how it looks now but 15 years ago this was a real eye-opener. Now, if someone else – someone with more class and morals than Cameron – could have written the script, this might have been a great film. The same thing applies to Cameron’s “Titantic,” another movie where unlikeable lead characters ruined what good have been an excellent adventure movie.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 20 min (140 min), 2 hr 51 min (171 min) (special edition)
Genre Adventure, Drama, Mystery
Director James Cameron
Writer James Cameron
Actors Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Biehn
Country United States
Awards Won 1 Oscar. 9 wins & 15 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints), Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)
Aspect Ratio 1.33 : 1 (Full Screen version), 2.20 : 1 (70 mm prints), 2.39 : 1
Camera Arriflex 35 BL3, Zeiss Standard Speed and Super Speed Lenses, Arriflex 35-IIC, Zeiss Standard Speed and Super Speed Lenses, Panavision Cameras and Lenses (special effects)
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA (prints), DuArt Film Laboratories Inc., New York, USA (color)
Film Length 3,782 m (Sweden, 35 mm), 3,806 m (Germany, 35 mm), 4,676 m (Sweden, 35 mm) (special edition), 4,728 m (Sweden, 70 mm)
Negative Format 65 mm (special effects) (Eastman), 35 mm (also horizontal) (Eastman)
Cinematographic Process Super Panavision 70 (special effects), VistaVision (special effects), Super 35 (common-top)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic), 70 mm (blow-up)