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Last week, during the long holiday, I decided to go on to binge watch films directed by James Cameron, for no reason at all than waste time.

"Aliens" had been fun, it's always fun. "Terminator" and "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" would always be the best of of Arnold Schwarzenegger and "Rambo: First Blood 2" will always have a special place in my heart.  

When I got to "The Abyss" I wasn't sure what to expect. I had vague memories about it as a kid. Despite having a cheesy ending, it's one of the most charming films I have ever seen.

In a nutshell, it's about an oil platform crew teaming up with marines to search for a recently sunk submarine.


The ending, despite being cheesy, is very '80s or early '90s, if you get my drift. It's not a solid ending, as it raises a shitstorm of questions. Saying that it leaves to the audience's interpretation is an old and boring excuse than deliver something concrete. It is also lazy reasoning. But what happens after the film is not the point.

It's a film about second chances. It's a film that should have been released on Valentine's Day. It's about Bud (Ed Harris) and his relationship with his wife, Lindsey (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio). They are going on a divorce, and despite all the things that the shit happening between them, Bud continues to wear their wedding ring - something that literally saved his life. Oh, the metaphor is strong in this one.

It explores themes of death and needs a Rick Rolled homage with "Never Gonna Give You Up." The painful decisions and sacrifices both Bud and Lindsey go through to ensure each other lives.

Spoilers! They both horribly failed, at the same time, fulfilled what they wanted for each other. It's sort of that rebirth thing.

The metaphor of love and the bitchslap-in-your-face "love triumphs all" is all over the place. It's cheesy but it's also an awesome film.

I feel sad for Matthew though (name unverified), Lindsey's off-screen boyfriend. Guy never stood a chance.

About the author: Jon Castillo

Jonathan is hiding from a lynch mob after messing with the wrong basketball team. His favorite song is "Boys do Fall in Love" by Robin Gibb.


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