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
Unfortunately most of the film gets terribly lost in boring exposition about the technology and erroneous dialogue. The narrator's lack of real scientific knowledge is painfully obvious as she struggles to read her script (with the occasional exclamations of "wow" or "that's amazing.) The various scientists' excruciating descriptions of technology sadly detract from the real stars of the show (the actual animal life), which the viewer will see only infrequently. A much better example of deep ocean cinematography can be found in the BBC series titled The Blue Planet narrated by David Attenborough and other related BBC titles. If you are watching with kids hoping to inspire their curiosity about science then PLEASE give this title a miss and move on to something that won't bore them to death.
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