Thursday, May 29, 2014
The Abyss is a 1989 science fiction film written and directed by James Cameron which starred Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and Michael Biehn.
A U.S. nuclear sub sinks after colliding with an Unidentified Submarine Object. The Navy asks an oil exploration company, which is operating an ultra-deep-sea drilling project (led by Harris) in the area, to find the sub and salvage it. A group of Navy SEALs is sent to the oil rig to help, led by Michael Biehn and accompanied by deep sea expert Mastrantonio. After retrieving one warhead from the sunken vessel, a hurricane strikes and imperils the deep-sea rig. Biehn goes bonkers. When strange creatures seem to invade the rig, he decides that he must set off the warhead to "stop them". It's a race against time to save the rig and its surviving crew, and to stop the warhead (whose detonation will certainly kill everyone aboard the rig).
James Cameron's LED deep-sea creatures were almost completely re-used (with CGI) for Avatar 20 years later.