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Ghosts of the Abyss

Despite a few flaws, Ghosts of the Abyss may be one of the better IMAX movies I've seen. While there were times that I found myself wishing that the crew would just shut up and experience the wonder and awe of what they were seeing, not to mention desiring a little less screen time for James Cameron, I still found myself whispering "Wow," at the television as images of still-intact leaded glass windows, china, and a bowler hat, relics of tragedy, passed across the screen. The crew discovered a brass bed, perhaps the very one that Mollie Brown slept in, as well as a carved fireplace, the steering column, the engines, the propeller, the boiler room ... it's amazing that so much is still there. I wasn't bothered by the computerized transparencies of the crew and passengers used at certain times for illustration: they provided scale and context.

If you like that sort of real-time historic excavation, you'll find Ghosts of the Abyss fascinating. I just wish they'd spent more time with the ship.

I found the song "Darkness, Darkness" that they played at the end to be hauntingly lovely.

Darkness, darkness, be my pillow
Take my hand and let me sleep
In the coolness of your shadow
In the silence of your deep

Darkness, darkness, hide my yearning
For the things that cannot be
Keep my mind from constant turning
Towards the things I cannot see

Darkness, darkness, long and lonesome
Where the daylight burns my happiness
I have found the edge of sadness
Oh, I am in the depths of fear

Darkness, darkness, be my blanket
Cover me with the endless night
Take away the pain of knowing
Fill the emptiness with night

Darkness, darkness, hide my yearning
For the things that cannot be
Keep my mind from constant turning
Towards the things I cannot see


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