Aliens of the Deep

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Aliens of the Deep
Aliens of the Deep poster.JPG
Promotional poster
Directed by James Cameron
Steven Quale
Produced by James Cameron
Andrew Wight
Starring Dr. Anatoly M. Sagalevitch
Genya Chernaiev
Victor Nischeta
Dr. Pamela G. Conrad
Dr. Jim Childress
Music by Jeehun Hwang
Cinematography James Cameron
Vince Pace
Ron Allum
Edited by Matthew Kregor
Fiona Wight
Production
company
Walt Disney Pictures
Walden Media
Earthship Productions
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release dates
  • December 28, 2005 (2005-00-28)
Running time 95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $8,968,684

Aliens of the Deep is a 2005 documentary film, directed in part by James Cameron alongside fellow cameraman and friend Steven Quale, who would go on to direct Final Destination 5 six years later, and filmed in the IMAX 3D format. It was produced by Walden Media and Walt Disney Pictures. Cameron teams with NASA scientists to explore the Mid-Ocean Ridges, submerged chains of mountains in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans that are home to some of the planet's more unusual forms of life.

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Cameron joins up aboard the Russian research vessel Akademik Mstislav Keldysh with a group of NASA scientists, as well as some American marine biologists, to investigate ten hydrothermal vents in both the Atlantic and Pacific. The vents have their own unique ecosystem, which support diverse organisms such as giant tube worms, swarms of blind white crabs, and vast amounts of shrimp which are capable of "seeing" water that is heated by the vents. These creatures do not require sunlight like other organisms, and instead obtain their energy from the vents. They are able to survive in the superheated and sulfurous water. Because of this, the documentary suggests that this is what life beyond Earth might look like. As some alien ecosystems are likely to be a lot harsher than a typical terrestrial ecosystem, these exotic vents provide an insight into some of the forms that alien life might take.

The documentary shows Cameron's passion for exploring the oceans, as well as his interest in extraterrestrial life. It also showcases the technology employed to reach such depths.

The film is similar to Cameron's earlier documentary, Ghosts of the Abyss (2003), which involves him journeying to the wreck of the RMS Titanic. It too was filmed in the 3-D IMAX format.

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