Aliens of the Deep


Action / Documentary / Family

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 84%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 48%
IMDb Rating 6.5 10 2450


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Reviewed by Enchorde 6 / 10

Interesting documentary about exploration

How can we learn how to explore other planets in space? By exploring the extreme environments in the deep sea. That is the premise of this documentary. So, to put it clearly, this is not a nature movie that shows a lot of fantastic animals and show us how the ecosystem works down there. This is a movie about how we do to get that knowledge, the technology aspect, the possibilities and unexpected problems. We get to know a few of the explorers thoughts, and strategies how to learn something new, and their visions and dreams (some of which is now reality). Of course, we get to see some of the extreme nature, some really freaky animals, but it is not really the main point 8even though I too wish they could have shown a little more of the animals and plants they studied). If you want to see a nature movie, you should probably pick another movie. If you are into exploration, how to break frontiers in real life (and not science fiction) this is more for you.

Reviewed by jaredpahl 7 / 10

James Cameron's Undersea Journey Is A Cool, If Not Transcendent IMAX Experience

In the wake of the overwhelming success of Titanic, writer-director James Cameron took a break from making traditional Hollywood pictures to pursue his love for deep sea exploration. In the process, we got two IMAX documentaries from Cameron. The first was Ghosts of the Abyss, which followed Cameron and a team of experts as they explored the undersea wreckage of the Titanic. His follow-up documentary, Aliens of the Deep, sees Cameron and a new group of scientists return to the bottom of the ocean; this time to get a glimpse of some of the most remarkable creatures and ecosystems on the planet.

Aliens of the Deep is a 47-minute IMAX documentary, originally shown in 3D. It follows a team of explorers comprised of engineers, marine biologists, NASA scientists, and one Oscar-winning filmmaker, as they take a series of high-tech submersibles to the hydrothermal vents at the bottom of ocean. The short length doesn't allow for a developed narrative regarding the team. Instead, we get the condensed highlights of the trip. We meet the crew, see the sights, and speculate on the importance of such missions. Aliens of the Deep mostly serves as something like an extremely big-budget home movie, with James Cameron inviting us to experience all of the best moments of the expedition.

However, apart from the documentary footage of the deep sea voyage, there are a few sequences speculating on missions to discover similar underwater life on Jupiter's moon, Europa. These sequences are surprisingly well-animated and engrossing. Cameron suggests that the water under the ice of Europa may harbor life without the need of the sun in the same way that Earth's hydrothermal vents support organisms who thrive at the bottom of the ocean. The possible similarities of Earth and Europa's oceans are the most interesting scientific questions raised in Aliens of the Deep, which otherwise consists of looking at neat underwater scenery and hearing the scientists exclaim, "Wow!", and "Look at that!".

That is not to say that the underwater visuals are not often spectacular. While more time than needed is spent looking at the submarine equipment and murky rock formations, there are indeed some incredible sights in Aliens of the Deep. The mysterious silk-like invertebrate, flowing across the glass bubble of Cameron's sub, is a enduring take away from the film. A lot of time is spent on the hydrothermal vents and the massive swarms of shrimp and other sea life that huddle around them. Thankfully, the sheer mystery and sense of discovery keeps these less-than- remarkable sights interesting.

There is more than enough in Aliens of the Deep to recommend experiencing. It is well shot, its profiled scientists are colorful real-life characters, it is sometimes engaging on an intellectual level, and it stands as a very cool visual experience. Some may find the space exploration speculation to be a little corny, but I really bought into it. The 99-minute extended version (which I have not seen) no doubt adds context to the team's expedition, but the theatrical version is still worth a look. If you are a James Cameron fan, if you are interested in the mysteries of the deep ocean, or if you just want to take a visual trip somewhere completely new, find the biggest screen possible and see this solid documentary.


Reviewed by Steve Pulaski 6 / 10

Questionable peer and situational authenticity but thoroughly immersing

NOTE: This is a review of the theatrical, forty-seven minute cut of James Cameron and Steven Quale's Aliens of the Deep, not the ninety-nine minute version released on DVD.

Director James Cameron, the director of Avatar and Titanic, the two highest-grossing motion pictures ever made, has always had a fascination with science, space exploration, and the unknown, which makes him the logical person to make Aliens of the Deep, a forty-seven minute, theatrically-released documentary concerning underwater space exploration. Cameron and a crew of highly-qualified explorers and marine biologists justify underwater exploration by the idea that it would help understand the limitlessness of outer space and implore that we must discover the relatively unexplored ocean floor before we can begin exploring space.

For this brief documentary, Cameron and company take us deep underwater, in small submarines to explore the creatures that live deep in the treacherous oceans. Cameron, his co-director Steven Quale, who went on to direct such disaster films as Final Destination 5 and Into the Storm, and two additional cinematographers Vince Pace and Ron Allum photograph this film evocatively, exploiting the ocean for its natural beauty by showing the magnificent creatures within its ecosystem. In addition, editors Matthew Kregor and Fiona Wight - undoubtedly working off of Cameron's influence - construct this film as if it's a work of fiction, splicing in narrations and cohesive, story-like pacing to the film, adding an unexpected layer of tidiness.

The film works up until we listen to the interactions between the biologists, the doctors, and Cameron, which sound perfunctory to say the least, as if they're complimenting the aforementioned narrative qualities of the film. Their comments often sound sarcastic or too quick to joke, making them unnatural and not the realistic thing certain individuals would say under these situations. It's as if Cameron and company didn't think people would appreciate a lot of scientific jargon, so they simplified the story and the dialog in such a way that DisneyNature films often give their animal characters celebrity voices to humanize their lives and actions.

Aliens of the Deep is an interesting stepping stone for someone looking to exercise their love for underwater exploration, marine biology, or simply the thrill of the unknown, but its editing structure and pacing make its peer and situational authenticity highly questionable.

Directed by: James Cameron and Steven Quale.

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