Friday, September 20, 2013

#1,131. Aliens of the Deep (2005)

Directed By: James Cameron, Steven Quale

Starring: James Cameron, Anatoly M. Sagalevitch, Genya Chernaiev

Tag line: "The search for life beyond begins below"

Trivia: This movie was originally filmed in the IMAX 3D format

Having already explored the remains of the Titanic in Ghosts of the Abyss, filmmaker James Cameron once again leads us on a journey of deep-water discovery, this time focusing his attention on the various creatures that live thousands of feet below the ocean’s surface, where the light of the sun hasn’t been seen for millions of years.

Originally an IMAX 3-D release, 2005’s Aliens of the Deep follows Cameron and a crew of scientists who, with the help of NASA, survey the dark recesses of both the Atlantic and the Pacific, revealing a strange world where life is unlike anything we’ve ever experienced. Along with the deep-sea expeditions, the film also draws a comparison between these animals and the possibility of life on distant planets. Needless to say, some of what we’re shown in Aliens of the Deep is beyond amazing.

Take, for instance, the first oddity the researchers encounter, a creature with long, flowing sheets of clear jelly surrounding it, looking almost like a ghost floating through the water. Of course, not every sighting is as beautiful as this; a fish resembling a squished mound of flesh swims by at one point, with fins that look exactly like human feet! Along with the various life forms, the explorers also come face-to-face with a few geological wonders, including “vents” in the ocean floor, where lava that reaches the surface is quickly cooled. The resulting pillars of black smoke, which come bellowing out of the earth, are as majestic as any living creature.

As he did with Ghosts of the Abyss, James Cameron once again shines a light on an area normally shrouded in darkness, revealing that, even in the remote corners of the globe, there are wonders you simply have to see to believe.

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