The Abyss (Director's Cut) - * * *
Originally reviewed 11/23/04
James Cameron thinks big. His movie Titanic showed the world how a three-hour movie could not only be engaging, but could also rake in $1.8 billion (worldwide) . But before Titanic, there was The Abyss -- an uneven, imaginative story that came from Cameron's childhood.
I've always been a big fan of this movie. The characters are all interesting; the conflicts are great (although the conflicts seem to pile up a little too much with the Russians). The Cameron love theme is here, as it is in every other movie of his. But the ending just doesn't work. Even with all the restored footage. There's something about the NTIs coming to the surface with Deep Core that just seems cheesy.