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A civilian oil rig crew is recruited to conduct a search and rescue effort when a nuclear submarine mysteriously sinks. One diver (Ed Harris) 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. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Michael Biehn co-star.
Meticulously crafted but also ponderous and predictable, James Cameron's 1989 deep-sea close-encounter epic reaffirms one of the oldest first principles of cinema: everything moves a lot more slowly underwater. Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, as formerly married petroleum engineers who still have some "issues" to work out, are drafted to assist a gung-ho Navy SEAL (Michael Biehn) 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, and the petro-techies have the only submersible craft capable of diving down that far. Every image and every performance is painstakingly sharp and detailed (and the computerised water creatures are lovely) but the movie's lumbering pace is ultimately lethal. It's the audience that ends up feeling waterlogged. For a guy who likes guns as much as Cameron (his next film after all, was the body-count masterpiece Terminator 2: Judgment Day), it's interesting that the moral balance here is weighted heavily in favour of the can-do engineers; the military types are end-justifies-the-means amoralists, just like the weasely government bureaucrats in Aliens. --David Chute --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
good action and fantasy sic-fi worth a watch. the theatrical version is best in my humble opinion.Published 4 months ago by ali
This is an older movie and only half remembered so I purchased it. I thought it was as good as and better than many of the new movies coming out today. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Doug Cairns
Great movie for sci fi fans... Runs a bit long but fun all the way through. Highly recommendedPublished 8 months ago by Amazon567432
J'aurais du lire les commentaires avant d'acheter cette version DVD. Le transfert est horrible, l'image est toute petite dans le milieux de l'écran et quand vous agrandissez... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Michel Dumont