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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Abyss

This film stars Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as a couple in the middle of a messy divorce who must work together again to investigate a missing nuclear submarine that was lost in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Some say getting lost in the Caribbean can have it ups and downs for in this case however it is all downs. The characters are well written and the setting a fairly unique one. Many adventures have taken place in the Islands of the Caribbean but this is the first I know to take place in the depths of its sea. The music is outstanding and the sound is equally worthy of affection. The special effects are spectacular in this film but do not take away from the very well written storyline. Most films about alien life take place in outer space or a more futuristic setting. This film takes place in present day and is just as believable in any modern setting. In other words it is timeless and that is a good quality in a film. It is a good selling point in a story that it can withstand the test of time. This film is as enjoyable to see today on the small screen now as it was 22 years ago on the big screen. This too is a positive trait compared to many of today’s recent 3D “blockbusters” that are only in theater a short time and are not even available in 3D once they come out on DVD. I’m not saying that his is one of my favorite films of all time or even tops on my reviews of the week. Heck, for all you know it may not even receive my highest grade. What I am saying is that this film transcends the course of time and is as worthy of approval no matter what the screen size. Heck, one may even enjoy it on an IPOD or modern day electronic devise. That is a good quality in any movie or storyline that no matter the time or place it is still worthy of all praise. This film is defiantly worthy of praise. It seems it got it too. This film won several awards in its time both in theaters in 1989 when it first came out as well as upon its DVD release date in the year 2000 The most well know and renown of those rewards was it Academy Award win for the aforementioned visual effects. Grade B+

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Ten Most pathetic movie stars that still have careers.

(In A - B -C Order)

1. Hayden Christensen

2. Tom Crusie

3. Kevin Costner

4. Keeanu Reeves

5. Denise Richards

6. Adam Sandler

7. Arnold Schwarzenegger

8. William Shatner

9. Sylvester Stalloan

10. John Claude Van dahm