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
Throughout his repertoire, Cameron has set out to film water, or more precisely, 'liquidity' -- it's his customary point of departure -- what world could be more cinematic?. It follows that he will try to make parallels between deep ocean and space exploration.
Cameron is also an unabashed showoff, so he must clutter every visual with gadgetry -- the 'look what I can do' factor -- as an unsubtle wink at the audience...every movie he makes.
The deep ocean photography should have been more than enough, but he then has to make a push for SETI and other 'cutting edge' research.
And therein lies a big problem. Cameron uses the most fecklessly infantile animation ever wedged into a big-budget movie, complete with little green men with sped-up voices (extended DVD version), and NASA probes that make noise in the vacuum while firing the retrorockets...this is no way to bolster science.
It all concludes with "The Abyss" finale of mirrored 'aliens' making 'friends' in the deep...how can one push forward cinematically by repeating one's own worst clunker?
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