A civilian diving team is enlisted to search for a lost nuclear submarine and faces danger while encountering an alien aquatic species.
Following on from the wildly successful action sci-fi epic Aliens, director James Cameron delivered a movie with notorious production problems. Set almost entirely underwater, with many scenes of actors completely immersed, it was incredibly ambitious.
Most of the movie is non-stop paranoia in a claustrophobic setting. The close-knit crew and estranged couple leading the mission have to deal with military personnel with ulterior motives. Investigating a sunken submarine while a hurricane cuts them off from the surface, there is also plenty of action.
Although it is a decent movie, there are plenty of eye-rolling moments. However, the supernatural/alien angle for the ending was out of place and kind of ruined the story. The effects used in the final descent into the abyss felt more than a homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey.