James Cameron journeys to some of the Earth's deepest, most extreme and unknown environments in search of the strange and alien creatures that live there. Joining him is a team of young NASA scientists and marine biologists who consider how these life forms represent life we may one day find in outer space not only on distant planets orbiting distant stars, but also within our own solar system. Aliens of the Deep is the result of expeditions to several hydrothermal vent sites in the Atlantic and the Pacific. These are violent volcanic regions where new planet is literally being born and where the interaction between ocean and molten rock creates plumes of super-heated, chemically-charged water that serve as oases for animals unlike anything ever discovered. Six-foot tall worms with blood-red plumes and no stomach, blind white crabs, and a biomass of shrimp capable of "seeing" heat all compete to find just the right location in the flow of the super-heated, life-giving water or to fry ... Written by
One of the best things about this movie - specifically with regard to bringing kids to see it - is this: we see attractive, personable scientists who are excited - genuinely _excited_ - to be doing science.
And, of course, the eye candy of the science they're doing - submersibles, robot cameras, and so on. I'm convinced there'll be a few marine biologists twenty years from now who'll remember this movie as the first step on their road to discovery.
I'm raising a lively and inquisitive seven-year-old son, and one of my personal challenges is inoculating him against the pervasive anti-intellectualism of this culture. This movie makes being a marine biologist look cool and fun, and for that I'm profoundly grateful.
The ending _is_ a bit cheesy, but hey - most people like cheese.
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