Aliens of the Deep
2005
Blending his directing skills and a personal passion, James Cameron trains his lens underwater to volcanic vents in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, where he's joined by a squad of NASA scientists and marine biologists. Part of a submerged mountain chain called the Mid-Ocean Ridge, the vents spew superheated water that serves as a haven for creatures unlike anything ever seen, including stomachless, 6-foot worms and sightless white crabs.

Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”

Cameron and his brother built the underwater camera for Titanic and used it again for Ghosts of the Abyss, so they may as well take it for another spin. This time, nature provides all of the special effects that Cameron needs, but otherwise this is as engaging and thought-provoking as his best work, full of amazing sights and delights for the mind. Perhaps most interesting is his explanation of how a craft might be send to Europa's ice-covered oceans to look for the exact kind of recently-discovered aquatic life that has adapted to extreme conditions in our own depths. More filmmakers with a gift for narrative storytelling and awesome visions should try their hand at documentaries.

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