Ghosts of the Abyss (2003)



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Director James Cameron journeys back to the site of his greatest inspiration--the legendary wreck of the Titanic. With a team of the world's foremost historic and marine experts and friend Bill Paxton, he embarks on an unscripted adventure back to the final grave where nearly 1,500 souls lost their lives almost a century ago. Using state-of-the-art technology developed expressly for this expedition, Cameron and his crew are able to explore all of the wreckage, inside and out, as never before.

Rating: G (for thematic elements)
Genre: Documentary, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: James Cameron
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 27, 2004
Box Office: $16.3M
Buena Vista Distribution - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Ghosts of the Abyss

All Critics (101) | Top Critics (28)

This hour-long feature, edited down from 900 hours of footage, is both a technical marvel and a heartfelt memorial to those who died when the ship sank in 1912.

Full Review… | December 11, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It may not have the organisation of 'art', but it's quite some postcard.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Cameron, who produced and directed it, does a visually splendid job, though what he has fashioned comes down to a logistical footnote to his great, primal, heart-of- the-ocean blockbuster.

Full Review… | April 23, 2003
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

If you see only one James Cameron-directed movie about theTitanic -and you should - see the one that doesn't star Kate and Leo.

Full Review… | September 28, 2012
Decent Films Guide

A bit slow-going and strangely emotionless at times. But Bill Paxton's nervous expressions add humor, and the film's jaw-dropping glimpse at the Titanic are powerful, to say the least.

Full Review… | September 26, 2012

James Cameron's latest memorial to the spirit that exists mournfully and sadly in utter silence as the effects of time and salinity slowly and inexorably take their toll.

Full Review… | September 15, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Ghosts of the Abyss

Disappointingly full of platitudes.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

"Ghosts of the Abyss" is a sci-fi type documentary. James Cameron and Bill Paxton along with a group of scientists, historians, and deep sea explorers head down to explore the remains of Titanic. It's visually stunning to see the ship at the ocean floor. The way it has deteriorated, yet parts like stain glass windows remain beautiful and intact. Runs only at 64 minutes, which is a good run time as the movie does become a little boring mid way through. This was designed for 3D Imax, so watching it on DVD on a 55 inch tv, really doesn't seem to do it the justice is deserves. At home it's kind of just a boring exploration of a fascinating subject. But, I'm sure on a 3D Imax screen this is a real experience.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

Ghost of the Abyss is better.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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