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The Abyss (1989)
The acting was great by the three lead stars, Masterantonio, Ed Harris and Michael Biehn. Alan Sivesti's score was good, The love story element between Lyndsey (Masterantonio) and Bud (Harris), was well done as it was a married couple for once and not too soppy.
The suspense over what Coffee was going to do next (biehn) was well portrayed as he slowly slipped into Psychosis and the scene where Lyndsey has to drown in the freezing cold water in the little sub to be dragged back to Deepcore for me is one of the best moments in a film. The revival sequence is well acted by all, especially by Ed Harris; the expression on his face as Lyndsey came around from her near death experience. The special effects were good, such as the water tentacle sequence and the way in which the submersibles were used was good too. The underwater environment was beautifully portrayed, Dark and menacing, I really felt that the under water oil rig Deepcore had a kind of soul to it. The bit were the rat breathes the liquid oxygen is clever (this technique has been use on people as well)
The action sequences were good as well (such as when coffee's submersible exploded under the pressure of the ocean and the suspense over whether the aliens were good or evil was well put together. I think James Cameron did a great job on this one.
U2: Rattle and Hum (1988)
One of my favourite movies of all time. The songs are fantastic. Starting with a cover version of the Beatles hit Helter Skelter then moving on to the beautiful Van Diemen's Land (sung by guitarist The Edge) and Desire which I also love
The movie is filmed in black and white and this is my only criticism. There is a bit where the Band visit the grave of Elvis in Graceland which is very moving, especially as drummer Larry points out how unhappy he was about seeing his hero's grave with the eternal flame flickering and how he thought it would distract from the rest of the tour. (incidentally the song Heartland, which I loved was left over from the Joshua Tree)
You also get a cover of Bob Dylan's All along the Watch Tower which I enjoyed plus U2 staples such as With or Without You and Where the Streets have no Name.
I could go on and on about this film. I love it.