Friday, September 10, 2010

116. September 9, 2010 - Ghosts of the Abyss (2003)

This is the James Cameron that I like. Not the self-obsessed, blue alien-worshipping pop culture cancer glutton that he's become, but the serious film-obsessed (and I'm sure still self-obsessed but not as obnoxious about it) director who was truly passionate about something. This documentary is about his voyages down to the wreck of the Titanic and their quest to learn as much about it as possible. Through the course of the movie, audiences are treated to views of the ship that normally would never be accessible - things like Captain Smith's bathtub or the remains of Molly Brown's bed. As the tiny explorer robots (named Jake and Elwood) wind their way through the promenades and rooms, the crew members share their favorite stories about the ship and her passengers. This is a nice testament to the power that the story of the Titanic seems to have over people even today. Also, in a touching gesture, it's dedicated to Walter Lord, who wrote A Night to Remember - still the greatest book to be written about the tragedy.
My Netflix rating: 4 stars

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