We hit the water at the next M-Net Movies Night Out with Jason Momoa as the title character in Aquaman. In anticipation of the next DC superhero movie we decided to splash into the seven seas with seven of our favourite underwater adventures.
- 20 000 Leagues Under the Sea
Kirk Douglas recently turned 102, so it’s been quite some time since he made this movie way back in 1954. Adapted from Jules Verne’s classic novel, it follows Douglas’s character Ned Land on his journey with the tempestuous Captain Nemo aboard the submarine the Nautilus.
- The Abyss
James Cameron was immersed in making sci-fi classics in the ‘80s. After the success of exploring the future in The Terminator and space in Aliens, he plunged into the depths of the ocean to follow an estranged couple who goes in search of a missing sub sunk by unknown forces.
- The Big Blue
Two divers push themselves to the limit in this underwater epic from French filmmaker Luc Besson. It’s a fictionalised account of real-life divers and frenemies Jacques Mayol and Enzo Maiorca, but no matter how far it may stray from fact, the breathtaking display of determination and competition makes it unforgettable.
- The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Wes Anderson takes his quirky humour on an oceanic adventure. Bill Murray takes on the title role in his third collaboration with Anderson, while other cast regulars like Owen Wilson and Anjelica Huston also come along for the ride.
- The Little Mermaid
Although Ariel lives under the sea, she wants nothing more than to live on the surface after falling in love with a two-legged prince. As an earlier Disney fairytale, it’s no surprise how this one ends, but it’s Ariel’s underwater adventures that remain the most memorable.
- Das Boot
He’s well known for water-soaked epics such as Poseidon and The Perfect Storm, but Wolfgang Petersen came to Hollywood’s attention with this underwater tale about a German submarine. Based on the book of the same name, the film garnered six Academy Award nominations, including two for the German director.
- Finding Nemo
One of the most memorable Disney-Pixar collabs, this animation follows the adventures of Marlin and Dory as they navigate the deep blue sea on the mission that gives the movie its title. Although it’s a father-son tale about Marlin and Nemo, it’s made all the more magical by supporting characters such as Dory, Crush, and a host of possessive seagulls.
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Aquaman will be released in cinemas nationwide on Friday 21 December.
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