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Ghosts of the Abyss

  • Documentary and factual
  • Lifestyle
  • 2003
  • James Cameron
  • 58 mins
  • PG

Summary

James Cameron, director of the hit 1997 film Titanic, and Bill Paxton, who starred in the movie, set out to explore the wreckage of the ill-fated ocean liner, which sank in 1912, claiming the lives of more than 1,500 passengers and crew. Cameron's documentary follows a team of experts as they dive to Titanic's Atlantic grave, where they make use of 3D photography to embark on a virtual exploration of the ship, both inside and out.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

His vision apparently too grand for regular cinemas, Titanic director James Cameron returns from a five-year film-making hiatus for this adventure in IMAX 3D. While the prospect is mouthwatering on paper, it's a shame Cameron chose to waste the technology on this dull documentary-take on his biggest hit, as he returns to the wreck of the Titanic to catalogue what remains in mindnumbing detail. Initially, the 3D gambit is engaging but after the novelty wears off we are left with endless shots of the submerged ship - spruced up with graphics and computer generated apparitions of the passengers and crew - accompanied by narration from an overenthusiastic Bill Paxton, who vainly trys to drum up some morsels of excitement. There are some good moments - a resonant scene in which Cameron and crew emerge from the water to be informed of the 9/11 disaster - but for the most part, this is a stodgy and sentimental excursion.

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Credits

Cast

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Bill PaxtonBill Paxton
Lori JohnstonLori Johnston
Ken MarschallKen Marschall
Don LynchDon Lynch
Dr Charles PellegrinoDr Charles Pellegrino
Dr John BroadwaterDr John Broadwater

Crew

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DirectorJames Cameron

Details

Theatrical distributor
Buena Vista
Released on
2003-04-18
Languages
English | Russian
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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