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Ghosts of the Abyss (2003)

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Critic Consensus: The underwater footage is both beautiful and awe-inspiring.

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Ghosts of the Abyss

All Critics (102) | Top Critics (30)

Cameron reconstructs life aboard in the shape of living tableaux of passengers and crew, seen in spectral mode, eating, drinking, dancing or promenading among the watery remnants of their vessel. It is done with finesse and, oddly, is deeply touching.

January 10, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

December 11, 2009 | Full Review…

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

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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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.

April 23, 2003 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

One of the rare Imax movies in which the 3-D effects are completely melded into the picture, rather than simply used as a gimmick.

April 22, 2003 | Rating: 3/4

A great experience for Titanic buffs.

April 20, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ghosts of the Abyss

Disappointingly full of platitudes.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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"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

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Ghost of the Abyss is better.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

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