Hey people, before I go in to the details about the film “The Abyss”, I’d like to offer some little known facts about our Oceans. What better place to begin than along with THE best movie ever made on the subject of our Oceans. First of all did you know that 94% of life on earth is Aquatic?..or that 70% of the planet is Ocean, with an average depth of more than 12,400 feet. Given that light can’t penetrate further than 330ft. below the waters surface, that means most of our planet is in a perpetual state of darkness. Pretty strange thought don’t ya think? I mean just the word darkness is spooky enough to warrant a little investigation perhaps carrying some lights?(just a thought) We’ve only, actually, explored 5% of them, we have better maps of the planet Mars than we do of the Ocean’s floor! This just keeps getting spookier and spookier. why are we exploring other planets before exploring our own? Because we are physically incapable of making the journey past the point of implosion, that’s why. Although, (and you can’t quote me on this) it’s my understanding that we Have landed a deep sea submersible on the ocean floor and taken some VERY strange photograph’s of life we had no idea even existed. (little more food for thought) The deep sea is the largest Museum on earth. There are more artifacts and remnants of history in the ocean than in ALL the museums on Earth combined. This is pretty interesting; There are underwater hot springs that top off at a whopping 650 degrees Fahrenheit, that’s hot enough to melt lead. And finally, the longest mountain range in the world is underwater. It’s called the “Mid-Atlantic Oceanic Ridge”! It’s 35,000 miles long,(think about that a sec, it’s like 23% percent of the face of the earth) the peaks of this mountain range are higher than those of the Swiss Alps. These are only a few of the facts that I learned about yesterday, I actually had a conversation about the ocean after researching it, and the conversation got so interesting that it lasted well over an hour so, if you’re interested the internet is overflowing with info. on the subject. The most interesting fact to me was that when you come right down to it we really don’t know squat about our oceans except that Dolphins seem to be The most intelligent and willing communicator with humanity (but that’s entire post all to itself) and so I walked away with this; The OCEANS are truly the last great unexplored wilderness on Earth……..
Having said All that, let’s ta look at THE VERY BEST underwater film ever made. It’s a James Cameron film who is so well known for his Directing and writing abilities that if he just put’s his name on a project movie goers will line up to see what he’s come up with next. You might know him for his “TERMINATOR” films. This movie is so filled with amazing scenes and sequences that I’m not going to give you an outline of the film I am going to touch on some of my favorite scenes but, mostly, I’d like to talk about the controversy and the actual making of this EXTRAORDINARY visual experience.
“THE ABYSS” is a 1989 Science Fiction Adventure film starring Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and Michael Biehn. When an American Nuclear Submarine sinks in the Atlantic, the US search and recovery team works with an oil platform crew racing against time and other Russian recovery subs to recover it’s payload. What they discover will blow your mind and set your imagination on fire. The special effects in this film, even though they are over 20 years old were so cutting edge that reproducing them today would still be a chore. The picture you see above is an example of what I’m talking about, what you’re looking at is a tentacle that is inspecting the contents of the underwater oil platform where 90% of this film takes place. It’s water being controlled by an unknown intelligence. James Cameron had originally planned to film in the Bahama’s but wound up shooting at the Cherokee Nuclear Power Plant outside of Gaffney South Carolina. It had been abandoned after a local power company spent 700 million dollars in construction. The underwater sequences in two specially constructed tanks. The first held 7.5 million US gallons of water. At the time, it was the largest of it’s a kind, in the world. It took them 5 days to fill with water, just to give you an idea of how big it was. Cameron’s production company had to design and build experimental equipment AND develop state-of-the-art communications systems that would allow him to talk to the actors and record dialogue while being filmed completely submerged. This was the first time such an undertaking had even been attempted. There were so many problems for the actors that most of them still refuse to even discuss the experience.
There is a scene in this film that I have to bring attention to. It is the most powerful and engrossing few minutes of love and faith in another human being that I have ever seen portrayed on film. In it, Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio’s characters are trapped in a mini-sub. They were once a married couple and have since broken up but neither has tossed their wedding rings. The sub has sprung a leak and is beginning to fill with water. They are only about 150 yards from the underwater oil platform and their home under the sea. Well, they call to the platform to be picked up but their is a tornado topside and the communications have been temporarily disabled so they begin trying to plug the leak so that they can wait out the storm. Well needless to say, the can’t stop the leak and the compartment begins filling with water. They realize that there is only one scuba suit with which to swim back to the platform . Which means one of them is about to die. Well, as you can imagine, the tension is building as the water is rising. He says to her she has to take the suit because she designed the platform and her knowledge is invaluable to the crew. She thinks for a moment realizing just how much she really loves this man and comes up with another idea. The water is rising quickly. She explains to him that he is a much stronger swimmer and that all he has to do is carry her back to the rig. He begins calculating the distance in his mind and says “You’ll drown before I can make that swim Lindsay!?” she says “I know. But the water temperature is just above freezing. My blood will go cold and my body temp will preserve oxygen in my brain. You can revive me!”…….oh my god, the look in his eyes just makes the entire room go silent. The last few moments as he puts on the helmet and she’s fighting for her last few breaths of air and she’s looking at him through the window of his helmet are the most heartfelt moments on film I’ve ever experienced! Her last few words; “You can do this Virgil, I love you Virgil. You can do this, Oh my God maybe this wasn’t such a good idea…”…………………NO! I won’t tell you what happens. You HAVE to see this movie, there are so many unbelievable scenes in this film that you really MUST see it to believe it!
After this film came out there was apparently a “lot” of animosity that never really came out in the press. At first, some of the actors refused to refused to go out and “plug” the movie on TV and talk shows, which is normally a part of their required duties. They wouldn’t comment on the experience and Ed Harris (don’t quote me on this) said he would NEVER speak about it again. It must have been extremely difficult on the actors, taking underwater direction, with 40% of the filming being shot underwater, and the incredibly tight quarters for the actors on screen. It’s an obviously interesting back story when the actors don’t want to talk about it. All of the technological efforts and the extreme working conditions aside, this film came out several years later with a limited edition version of the movie that is still bringing huge amounts of rental and video monies. It is truly a feast for the eyes…..the special effects are unparalleled because no one has even attempted such an undertaking. If you’ve never seen this movie………….allow me to urge you to make an effort to see this movie ……………it will NOT disappoint you………promise! (smile)……………I am Dartanion2 ……….and that’s the way I see it…………cheers…….t xx
Alice Lawson said:
A Big Super Wow! For this one dear Georgina, you and Tony are like exciting well loved Professor`s, whose lectures no one wants to miss, and the way you both mentor others, your writing is truly amazing. You are both leader`s by example, you always draw others into these amazing articles inspiring us to explore and enter them as well. You both have great influence and charisma that encourage your fellow writers and friends. I am so happy with you both, this is amazing writing. Tony I hope you understand we will all remain here with you as you go through your healing journey…you both mean so much to us all. Your recovery back to health is important to us all. We are all praying and wishing you the best out here in cyberspace and on Cosmo beloved Georgina and Tony. With love from Father Gods` heart and mine, to Georgina, Tony, Cherie too xxxooo
I’m not sure what happened…….kate’s reply is down below…..Cherie, just wanted to say I can always feel you when I’m writing…..sometimes I actually think I’m writing for you…..either way it’s working for me! (lol!)……..I agree about the Ocean’s driving your imagination to new places and ideas…….I’m going to do a post on Dolphins soon…AMAZING creatures…..talk about Metaphysically gifted!!…….any way, thanx so much sweetheart……..you’re awfully cute when you write like this……..go ahead just melt my heart……..smiles…….T xx
Cherie Sumner said:
Hi T. I love reading your blog and feeling you with me as I read. I am looking forward to your dolphin blog….as I adore the intelligent sweet creatures. I adore my intelligent sweet man too…..;) xoxox Cherie
Cherie Sumner said:
Hi beloved T! I have been wanting to write on here all day. This write up on the enigma of the ocean and then the movie, “The Abyss” fit well together in topic. Yes, I have seen the movie many years ago add thought it was awesome and very creative. Who really knows what all could be in the ocean since we are unable to explore it because of the pressure problem. There have been incidences where occasionally new discoveries of animals are found, believed to have lived thousands of feet down below the ocean in the dark abyss. One such amazing discovery was a giant squid, larger than any ever found. It was so huge that it actually was said to have attacked and killed a blue whale. Now, the blue whale has always been thought to be the largest known creature in the ocean. But evidence suggests otherwise. I am fascinated to think about so many undiscovered wonders that the ocean holds. In the movie, “The Abyss”, the story writer and director try to convey one such bizarre conclusion of ‘what if?’ down below. I won’t give it away, but I thought it was really cool. I would love to watch that movie again sometime (preferably with a certain sweet metaphysical loving man…hint hint lol)
I enjoyed reading all the facts you both presented about the ocean and the earth’s huge percentages of water that cover its surface. We have only literally scraped the surface of what the ocean holds. Leaves lots to discover and learn. Makes my imagine run wild. 😉 Enjoyed this blog a lot. It always feels like I am right there with you Georgina as you and Tony are both so inteligent at teaching so keep on sharing. I love that. xox Cherie
Kate, you’re like a dream come true for someone like me…….you’re so straightforward in your opinions about everything…….I LOVE IT…….you’re like the sprinkles on top of sweet things…….just love your sweetness Kate……..stay cool sister girl…..smiles….T xx
Alice Lawson said:
Dear Cheri, it tickled my heart how you said to Tony, ” I would love to watch that movie again sometime (preferably with a sweet metaphysical loving man ……hint, hint lol ) happy thought indeed ! Xxxooo enjoy sweet Cheri friend Kate enjoys you so much ! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Cherie Sumner said:
Thanks, Kate (Alice), Thanks for your love and support. We all agree on here that Tony is a sweetie and I feel very lucky he is my sweetheart. Grateful to God. His blog makes me so proud. 😉 Love to you! Cherie
Georgina Richardson said:
Yaaay!! at last you talk about a film that I have seen several times. I absolutely adore that film and like I`ve said, I`ve seen it several times and still find things that amaze me.
Just think of what we could discover if we could part the waves like God did in the story in the Bible! What we don`t know about this planet is mindblowing compared to what we know about Space and the cosmos. It should be the other way around shouldn`t it. But one day we will conquer that mountainous problem of the pressure in the water, just look at how far technology has progressed in the last 100 years or so. If we keep going like that we will be able to discover all sorts of unknown life forms down there.
Can you imagine what it would be like to be able to travel along the great Marianas Trench that is apparently 10 times bigger than the Grand Canion! and what we would find. I have read books about the X files and the whole Alien debate thing and have read stories of aircraft carriers and they`re staff witnessing unexplained objects in the deep waters during the second world war in that area from the ship USS Franklin D Roosevelt and her cruew.
I have even read a witness account from several `retired marines` who saw UFO`s landing in the water and submerging and then taking off again and radar showing these ships actually traveling underneath the aircraft carriers. They were all made to sign official documents preventing them from giving that information out at the time. So if we could part the waves what would we find??
Those cases were from that famous confidential document the Blue Book Files. This information is only coming to light now because of the right to information act that is in place, after 50 something years we have the right to find out these things. But can you imagine just what really is out there that the governments aren`t telling us about?!! And it is perfectly possible that we live amongst Alien worlds right here on Earth, we just don`t have the technology yet to be certain or like the story goes they just ain`t telling us about it yet!!
Alice Lawson said:
Dear Georgina, so much fun finding you here and your comments are so inspiring and engaging 🙂 I can not watch any movies that are suspenseful and over stimulating be cause of my PTSD that gets easily triggered and this time when this movie came out I was unable no less to afford the movies but I was not in the cultural loop so to speak…..but with you Georgina, and Tony I feel a little bit of it all come to life. I saw some very deep underwater documentary of recent years so I can relate to the wonder and fascination of it all. I do not have the name of it written down to reference and share so can not access it again but eventually I will. I saw a fascinating documentary on mermaids and discoveries lately yet that too is discredited to keep secrets secret still. I feel we are part of something grander than we know …..yet in spirit we can travel and experience what is there awaiting the right time to be seen and openly known when mankind is hopefully ready for it to be known and not exploited or destroyed . I can feel the eagerness in your heart and Tony’s and this is delightful indeed ! 🙂 hope to see more interesting comments here….:) 🙂 🙂 xxxooo three smiles and love to both of you the to adventurous oceanic explorers. Georgina leading the way for the rest of us, with a joyful happy heart…Kate ( Alice )
Cherie Sumner said:
Really enjoyed the comments on here Georgina. Georgina you add so much to the blog with your insight and stories. God bless you! Oh…and Alice…I totally understand about PTSD, I have suffered that disorder myself and it has been a challenge in my life. I am very sympathetic. Love to you both, Cherie
Reblogged this on Metaphysics and the Movies according to Dartanion2 and commented:
hi guys……..I have gotten 5 requests for a re-post of “The Abyss” ….a number of people asked for more info on the ocean……..so I’m working on that……….thanx so much for all the interest and support you guys………been shocked really at how much support I’m getting………big hugs-n-kisses to you ALL……..tony xo
Piusha Singh said:
This was an awesome reminder of one of my favorite movie,I watched it twice but now feel like to watch again,to see the detailed expressions of the actors.A very delightful write,enjoyed thoroughly.
Love to you both Cherie and Tony