Film of the Day: The Abyss (1989)

The Abyss
Ed Harris is faced with some tough calls in this thriller. Photo: 20th Century Fox

James Cameron, having made his name with outer-space’s Aliens, dives into the depths for this sci-fi thriller. 

Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio star as Bud and Lindsey Brigman, estranged husband and wife, who form part of a rescue team attempting to save a US nuclear submarine that’s gone down in the Caribbean.

The sub has gone down at the edge of one of the deepest ocean trenches, and urgent help is needed. 

However, as the crew descend, they begin to realise they are not alone in the deep. There is a strange, and frightening presence with them, and the pressure just keeps increasing…


The Abyss – Friday at 6.15pm on Film4