While it would be easy to reduce Cameron's never-ending obsession with all things Titanic to something of a gimmick, it wouldn't be fair. The 60-minute Imax movie follows Cameron, actor and frequent collaborator Bill Paxton ("Titanic,” “True Lies,” “Terminator,” “Aliens”) and a team of deep-sea and Titanic experts back to the site of the sunken vessel. Using an array of high-tech capabilities, the intrepid director travels 12,000 feet to the bottom of the North Atlantic to explore what remains of the once spectacular ship. And it's pretty darn cool. The history and anecdotes are still poignant--leave to Cameron, a master showman, to actually cull one more bit of drama and pathos from this insanely overexposed subject.
"Ghosts of the Abyss" can be too jokey and often outright silly with an overwrought sense of drama. But it's fascinating, especially in 3-D. Starring Lewis Abernathy, Dr Lori Johnston, Don Lynch, Ken Marschall, Bill Paxton, Charles Pellegrino and Tava Smiley. Directed by James Cameron. Produced by Chuck Comisky, Gig Rackauskas, Janace Tashjian and James Cameron. A Buena Vista release. Large-Format/3-D/Documentary/Adventure. Rated G. Running time: 59 min