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Aliens of the Deep (2005)

G  |   |  Documentary, Family  |  25 August 2005 (Germany)
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James Cameron teams up with NASA scientists to explore the Mid-Ocean Ridge, a submerged chain of mountains that band the Earth and are home to some of the planet's most unique life forms.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anatoly M. Sagalevitch ...
Himself - MIR Chief Pilot and Keldysh Expedition Leader (as Dr. Anatoly M. Sagalevitch)
Genya Chernaiev ...
Himself - MIR Pilot
Victor Nischeta ...
Himself - MIR Pilot
Pamela Conrad ...
Herself - Astrobiologist: JPL
Arthur 'Lonne' Lane ...
Himself - Astronomer and Planetary Scientist (as Dr. Arthur 'Lonne' Lane)
Jim Childress ...
Himself - Marine Animal Physiologist: UC Santa Barbara (as Dr. Jim Childress)
Herself - Marine Animal Physiologist: UC Santa Barbara
Michael Henry ...
Himself - Marine Animal Physiologist: UC Santa Barbara
Kevin Hand ...
Himself - Planetary Scientist: Stanford University and SETI Institute
Maya Tolstoy ...
Herself - Marine Seismologist: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
Herself - President: Space Generation Foundation
Kelly Snook ...
Herself - Planetary Scientist: NASA
Megan McArthur ...
Herself - NOAMA Astronaut: NASA (as Dr. Megan McArthur)
Tori Hoehler ...
Herself, Astrobiologist, AMES (as Dr. Tori Hoehler)
Charles Pellegrino ...
Himself - Science Observer


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 Anonymous

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The search for life beyond begins below.


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Release Date:

25 August 2005 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

A mélység szülöttei  »

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Opening Weekend:

$479,368 (USA) (28 January 2005)


$8,968,045 (USA) (14 December 2007)

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Is That All There Is?
14 March 2005 | by (st. louis) – See all my reviews

When I saw James Cameron on The View when he was promoting this movie, I could not wait to see it. I love nature shows and the way he talked about it, the movie would be filled with many many kinds of undersea creatures never before seen. As the movie did not even play in my state, I drove over 3 states to see it. After seeing it, I can see why it was not more widely distributed.

The movie seemed to me to be more fitting to be played as something on career day for grade school. This movie would be good PR for trying to interest children in becoming marine biologists. It was not, as Cameron said, filled with unusual sea creatures. As a matter of fact, in the clip that he showed on The View, he showed all the creatures that I'd never seen before so by the time I saw the film, there was nothing new to see. And not only that, the percent of the film where creatures were shown was not that great. I think they spent more time talking to the scientists and looking at the submarines than they were showing creatures. It should have been called "Submersibles of the Deep".

If you have an interest in deep sea submersibles and the actual scientists that operate these pieces of equipment or if you are a grade schooler with an interest in seeing yourself as a marine biologist when you grow up, this movie is for you. If, however, you fit neither category, save your money.

One thing I don't understand is why was it billed as an IMAX feature and then play in a multiplex on the tiny screen? The 3-D glasses made me dizzy and were not all that effective.

The best part of this movie occurred when the film broke early on and we got our money back and were invited to see it again for free. At least I did not have to pay to see it.

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