Aliens of the Deep

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Released 2005

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Director:
James Cameron , Steven Quale
Released:
2005
Rating:
G
Aliens of the Deep is a 2005 documentary that explores the deepest parts of the ocean as they have never before been seen. American film director James Cameron accompanies a group of Russian and NASA scientists as they descend deep into both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans to explore a variety of hydrothermal vents. Though it was long thought impossible that life could exist in such a forbidding environment, Cameron and his team discover a spectacular diversity of life thousands of feet beneath the ocean's surface. Despite the utter lack of sunlight, the crew finds giant worms, vast colonies of shrimp and armies of blind white crabs that are able to live despite crushing water pressures that would instantly kill a human being. Cameron and the NASA scientists speculate that the life that exists around these vents is very likely the same sort of life that would exist on other planets, making Aliens of the Deep a fascinating primer on the possible existence of extraterrestrials.moreless

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  • 90

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    A visual adventure worthy of that much degraded adjective, awesome.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Gene Seymour

    Though Aliens of the Deep flirts with Zissou-Murray's divine madness, Cameron's vision seems somehow cozier. No wonder he's not yet ready for dry dock.

  • 60

    Variety

    Documentary's visual wonders and well-pitched enthusiasm happily outstrip its clunkily ingenuous ain't-science-fun narrative.

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    Documentary, Science

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    The Oceans