The Abyss

The Abyss (1989)

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Corrected entry: Near the beginning there is a scene where they are launching a submersible with Lindsey and the seal team in it. Lindsey waits until the sub is dangling over the water then pulls a lever and the sub drops about 10 feet into the water with a big splash. Several problems: 1) Those subs are hugely expensive. They put them in the water very gently. 2) Those subs are so expensive that they don't risk having a release mechanism as depicted. They use a standard screw shackle to ring and would have to have a swimmer let them go. 3) Due to the buoyancy of the sub, falling that far to the water would give all passengers back injuries due to the sudden deceleration when the sub hits the water.

Correction: They're on an emergency rescue mission and don't have time to be delicate with the equipment. Also, everyone in the sub is shown being thrown around when the sub hits the water. Hence the angry looks toward Lindsey.

They would still put the sub safely in the water. The first thing in priority in a rescue situation is scene and crew safety. If you damage the rescue sub or hurt the rescue team what's the point of the rescue. They would take the extra few minutes necessary to put the submersible safely in the water.

Corrected entry: When Lindsay is being revived after Bud towed her back to Deepcore, I understand why the CPR being done isn't exactly correct (due to the fact the actress isn't really dead) but the filmmaker neglected to notice that when the crew proceeds to shock Lindsay, she is wet and on a metal floor. Not only would she be shocked, the entire crew around her would be shocked as well.


Correction: Tests on the dangers of shocking a patient on a wet or metal surface have been conducted and test prove there is no significant danger, as long as you are not touching the body that is being shocked (but that's standard safety protocol). A maximum of 3.0 volts was recorded around the simulated patient when sea water was used (compared to a maximum of 0.12 V with chlorinated pool water). It was their findings that it is unlikely these voltages would cause a risk or be considered hazardous to a rescuer or bystander and the rescuer or bystander would not be exposed to any hazardous voltages.


Correction: The shock doesn't travel that far.

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Visible crew/equipment: During Bud and Coffey's fight in the lab, we see a lightbulb swinging from side to side between the two men. If you look closely, you can see a hand (belonging to a third person) pushing the lightbulb. The only people in the room are Bud and Coffey. (01:44:16)

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Question: Is there any truth to the breathing fluid used in the high pressure suit? Is that a technology actually used and is it really possible to breath and survive like that?

Answer: The technology does exist, yes. Read for details.

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