James Cameron’s Heroines Part 3 The Abyss – Mary Elizabeth

James Cameron’s Heroines Part 3 The Abyss - Mary Elizabeth

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is brilliant in The Abyss, carrying the film in many ways, particularly the emotional dynamics of the film, and providing practically the only female energy in this ground-breaking movie. Her energy, her beautiful femininity, and her sweet intensity keeps us riveted for the duration of this typical (meaning very long) James Cameron film. But it’s Mary Elizabeth we can watch all day. Even underwater. Where in fact much of the film takes place. The film features some pioneering special effects, which according to James Cameron set the stage for the Avatar stuff that was still to come. Mind-bending special effects indeed, and we are duly impressed. But it’s Mary Elizabeth who we look at.

James Cameron’s Heroines Part 3 The Abyss - Mary Elizabeth
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Lindsey Brigman in The Abyss.

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio possesses a unique sensibility, a delicate quality which permeates her highly talented acting. She is able to express very sensitive feelings with very subtle and nuanced affectations. Not to say that she is mellow. She is anything but. Her fiery passion and her high and kinetic energy can set her in frenetic motion at a moment’s notice. In a heartbeat. And we really dig this side of her.

James Cameron’s Heroines Part 3 The Abyss - Mary Elizabeth
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Bernadette Flynn in The January Man.

As in The January Man. Just a fantastic and spell-binding performance from our heroine. We want to run with her. If only we could keep up. Her energy is great, and we love her passion.

James Cameron’s Heroines Part 3 The Abyss - Mary Elizabeth
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Maggie Ward in Class Action.

But we especially love her delicate side. Or sides. Of this woman. Oh, how many elements, how many angles, to her pure lines of beauty. She contains this energy. She holds it back. Of course, it only becomes more potent. She tries to thin it out, and spoon feed it to us. Perhaps thinking that we might not be able to handle it. And still, this only makes it get more rich. More condensed. And more delicious. Her talent. Her energy. Her beauty. We can take it. And we’d like to think we can handle her just fine. In fact, we yearn for her. We crave her. An actress such as this, such as her, we can just never get enough of.

James Cameron’s Heroines Part 3 The Abyss - Mary Elizabeth
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Carmen in The Color of Money.

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio has some really memorable scenes in The Abyss, including some very emotional ones and some very fiery ones as well, particularly one scene where she takes the controls of the submersible vessel and rams the bad guy off the underwater sea-shelf, sending him into the oblivion down below. She is tough, and she can make you cheer for her. And with her evocative voice and her refined acting abilities she can also make you cry in a heartbeat.

James Cameron’s Heroines Part 3 The Abyss - Mary Elizabeth
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in The Abyss.

Mary Elizabeth’s refined acting style. She can say so much with very few lines, or even with very few moments on screen. This was so evident in Scarface, where she played Tony Montana’s sister Gina, mesmerizing audiences with her intense performance, and practically stealing the show.

James Cameron’s Heroines Part 3 The Abyss - Mary Elizabeth
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Gina Montana in the classic Scarface.

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio has starred in many other wonderful films, treating us to her many superb performances, including that as Carmen in The Color of Money and as Maggie Ward in Class Action.
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