The Abyss (1989) Movie Review

The Abyss (1989)

1989 | PG-13 | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama, Adventure
145 minutes /

User Score: 56/100

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The Abyss Review


A civilian diving team is enlisted to search for a lost nuclear submarine and face danger while encountering an alien aquatic species.

The Abyss (1989) is an American science fiction adventure movie that started off pleasantly with wonderful music that was pleasing to my ears. The movie was also an excellent treat about man vs. nature in the underwater world which left several images in my head long after watching the film. Director and writer (James Cameron - Aliens (1986), Titanic (1997), Avatar (2009), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)) did a marvelous job bringing us this underwater movie with extraordinary sceneries. The film contains extreme violence, nudity, bad language, tension, suspense, drama, frightening scenes and a wild adventure underwater.

A missile submarine named The USS Montana in 1988 was patrolling the water around The Cayman Trough at a steady pace until an unidentified object starts chasing it and speed that is not recognized. The USS Montana feared for their life while the object crashed into them which caused them to collide with a gigantic sea wall. The Captain had no choice but to launch a rescue beacon because their submarine is damaged and is flooding rapidly causing The USS Montana to sink. The Soviet ships are seen trying to salvage the submarine as a hurricane is moving over the area. The US government decides to send a SEAL team to a privately owned experimental underwater drilling platform close to the Cayman Trough known as the Deep Core because they want to use it as their base for the operation.

Dr. Lindsey Brigman (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio - Scarface (1983), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), The Perfect Storm (2000)) is one daredevil of a woman and is also the platform’s designer. She is tough as can be but what makes me laugh is who in their right mind that cares for their life would wear high heels on a wet deck while it is windy? Lindsey is determined to go along with the Seal, but her husband Bud is the one who will be assisting the Seal team because he is the foreperson. Lindsey believes her husband Bud (Ed Harris - A Beautiful Mind (2001), Gravity (2013), The Rock (1996)) is not a pushover and just went along with orders so he can get paid the big bucks.

Lindsey discovers a strange light circling The USS Montana while investigating the matter. One of Deep Core’s crew¬†member named Jammer (John Bedford Lloyd - The Bourne Supremacy (2004), All My Children (1970), Philadelphia (1993)) panics resulting in him damaging his breathing apparatus and falls into a coma. Skipping major details - Lindsey took several pictures showing signs of "non-terrestrial intelligence", or "NTI". The crew did not take long to find an NTI that is exploring the base. Lt. Hiram Coffey (Michael Biehn - The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), The Rock (1996)) gets made and takes action which caused the NTI to retreat leaving the crew to think that Coffey has gone crazy/suffering paranoia from the high-pressure nervous syndrome. The team is concerned that Coffey and a SEAL member is about to attack the NTI as they are arming with the warhead. The movie progresses to being an entertaining watch.

The ending feels a bit rushed where everything ties up nicely, but it felt as everything was happening too fast. The spectacular drama, tension, incredible performances, sets, effects, music, were all spot on and marvelous. I would recommend this film to all movie fans who do not mind sitting through a 145-minute film. I would watch the movie again in a year or so because it is different from most and keeps my guests entertained.

About The Abyss (1989)

Title: The Abyss
Year: 1989
Runtime: 145 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama, Adventure
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.75/5 stars from 9 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 9
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Dick Warlock, Michael Biehn, Thomas F. Duffy, J.C. Quinn, Adam Nelson, Michael Chapman, Leo Burmester, J. Kenneth Campbell, William Wisher Jr., Ed Harris, Frank Lloyd, Michael Beach, Emily Yancy, Chris Anastasio, Daren Dochterman, John Bedford Lloyd, Kimberly Scott, Joe Farago, Captain Kidd Brewer Jr., Phillip Darlington, Joseph C. Nemec III, Marcus K. Mukai, Jimmie Ray Weeks, Wendy Gordon, Paula Cross, Tom Isbell, Chris Elliott, Mike Cameron, Mikhail Gorbachev, Candice Hill
Writers: James Cameron
Director: James Cameron

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