The Abyss (Special Edition)

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The Abyss (Special Edition) is James Cameron's 1989 film about an undersea oil-rig diving team who are called on to assist in the recovery of a lost nuclear submarine and find themselves encountering an alien aquatic species.

When I talk about the film, I have to continuously refer to the film's "special edition" - what was released into theaters due to fear of a film over 2 hours, had almost 30 minutes chopped out of the story. It was a complete mess. But when you watch the restored original version clocking in at 171 minutes (which has additional character arcs, a 'humanity on trial' ending), restores the true story: an exploration of humanity and love.

Do yourself a favor though, check out the special edition. Avoid the theatrical cut.

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End Thoughts

You never backed away from anything in your life!

Now fight! Fight! Fight! Right now! Do it!

Fight goddammit! Fight!