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
I'm a big fan of the Planet Earth series and nature flicks in general, so I thought I'd give this one a try. Wow, what a letdown. Calling this a nature documentary is a stretch, as its really just self-indulgent promotion on the part of the diving crew. The film mostly consists of bland drivel from the crew members about how cool the dive is and how excited they are about it. Amazingly, they barely touch on the subject matter of the dive, the technical challenges, or anything else that could be considered remotely interesting. The simplistic, shallow narrative suggests that the film is intended for young children, yet it is so incredibly boring and slow moving that I can't see how it could captivate an audience of any age, let alone tots with minute attention spans. When you (finally) do see some of the deep sea creatures promised (which you don't see much of), the imagery is well below that of Planet Earth and does little to excite. The commentary, instead of providing interesting facts on the creatures in question, mostly consists of "wow! Isn't that amazing!". The film is short but I didn't even make it to the end. Don't waste your time with this one.
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