History Film / TheAbyss

29th Oct '17 8:21:21 AM moloch
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* ShownTheirWork: The writers somehow manage to work in obscure (but real) things like High Pressure Nervous Syndrome and the Mammalian Diving Reflex into the plot.

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* ShownTheirWork: The writers somehow manage Cameron manages to work in obscure (but real) things like High Pressure Nervous Syndrome and the Mammalian Diving Reflex into the plot.
29th Oct '17 7:42:58 AM moloch
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This might forever hold the record for most technically complex movie ever made. Cameron, crewmembers and major cast members had to become dive-certified, since some of the filming took place in a set built inside (and under the surface of) a flooded, partially-built nuclear reactor containment vessel. (Cameron spent so much time underwater that he regularly had to spend time in decompression chambers, viewing dailies while hanging upside down in the pressure tank.) Many of the FX shots were done with precisely constructed models and green screens, as CGI was wildly expensive and difficult back then (though it was used anyway for the water tentacles). With today's tech-infrastructure the movie could be made at a fraction of the cost with full CGI, but in 1989 the shots were often live footage combined with greenscreen models, matte photography, animatronics ''and'' CGI elements.

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This might forever hold the record for most technically complex movie ever made. Cameron, crewmembers and major cast members had to become dive-certified, since some of the filming took place in a set built inside (and under the surface of) a flooded, partially-built nuclear reactor containment vessel. (Cameron spent so much time underwater that he regularly had to spend time in decompression chambers, viewing dailies while hanging upside down in the pressure tank.) Many of the FX shots were done with precisely constructed models and green screens, as CGI screens. The "water tentacle" was a wildly expensive and expensive, difficult back then (though it was used anyway for the water tentacles).and groundbreaking piece of CGI effects. With today's tech-infrastructure the movie could be made at a fraction of the cost with full CGI, but in 1989 the shots were often live footage combined with greenscreen models, matte photography, animatronics ''and'' CGI elements.
12th Oct '17 6:24:39 AM CosmicFerret
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* SassyBlackWoman: One Night

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* SassyBlackWoman: One NightNight.
* SelfHarm: Late in the movie, Coffey demonstrates how far off the rails he's gone by cutting rank chevrons into his arm.
24th Sep '17 12:55:49 AM Arivne
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* CaliforniaDoubling: a set in South Carolina and a cave in Missouri covered for the Caribbean Sea.
24th Sep '17 12:52:43 AM Arivne
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* EightiesHair: Not quite so obvious on the crew, but the [=SEALs=] have some rather non-regulation hair going. In the extended version, the newscast reveals some spectacular 80s hair on the newscasters and crowds. A bit of TruthInTelevision, since [=SEALs=] are free to have non-regulation hairstyles (within reason) as long as it doesn't interfere with their operations, though most still keep their hair farily short.

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* EightiesHair: Not quite so obvious on the crew, but the [=SEALs=] have some rather non-regulation hair going. In the extended version, the newscast reveals some spectacular 80s hair on the newscasters and crowds. A bit of TruthInTelevision, since [=SEALs=] are free to have non-regulation hairstyles (within reason) as long as it doesn't interfere with their operations, though most still keep their hair farily fairly short.
14th Jun '17 11:07:06 PM TheRoguePenguin
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* {{Space Suits Are SCUBA Gear}}: Inverted. Bud's deep diving suit resembles an armored space suit.

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* {{Space Suits Are SCUBA Gear}}: SpaceSuitsAreSCUBAGear: Inverted. Bud's deep diving suit resembles an armored space suit.



* WireDilemma: Bud's information on which wire to cut isn't helpful, so he just has to guess.

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* WireDilemma: Bud's information on which wire to cut isn't helpful, helpful due to his helmet lights making both look identical, so he just has to guess.
30th Mar '17 10:35:38 AM DavidCowie
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* HeyYouHaymaker: Cat delivers a devasting one to Coffey who thrown into the water by the sheer force of it and inmediatly retreats then dare take Cat on in a fair fight.

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* HeyYouHaymaker: Cat delivers a devasting one to Coffey who thrown into the water by the sheer force of it and inmediatly immediately retreats then rather than dare to take Cat on in a fair fight.
29th Mar '17 2:21:04 PM Damar
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* HeyYouHaymaker: Cat delivers a devasting one to Coffey who thrown into the water by the sheer force of it and inmediatly retreats then dare take Cat on in a fair fight.
25th Mar '17 2:48:20 PM bryancrain88
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* ColdEquation: Bud and Lindsey are trapped underwater with one set of breathing equipment, which Bud is already wearing. Bud offers the gear to Lindsey, which would doom him. Lindsey presents what she calls "the logical option", which gives ''both'' of them a chance of survival: she drowns, and Bud drags her body to safety, and hopes she can be revived. Bud is the stronger swimmer, so Lindsey has to drown. Bud's initial response is "Fuck logic!", but he soon comes round.

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* ColdEquation: Bud and Lindsey are trapped underwater with one set of breathing equipment, which Bud is already wearing. Bud offers the gear to Lindsey, which would doom him. Lindsey presents what she calls "the "[[TheSpock the logical option", option]]", which gives ''both'' of them a chance of survival: she drowns, and Bud drags her body to safety, and hopes she can be revived. Bud is the stronger swimmer, so Lindsey has to drown. Bud's initial response is "Fuck logic!", but he soon comes round.
1st Feb '17 9:19:49 AM budhisattvah
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*ArtisticLicenseMilitary: [[spoiler:Both variations of Trident missile only carried a complement 100kt yield warheads (Coffey stated 50kt). Physical size of the package was fudged a little, and weight was fudged a lot.]]
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