I took a little vacation last week and finally got the chance to see James Cameron's "Deepsea Challenge". One of my biggest interests in life is deep sea exploration – the ocean bottom remains one of the most unexplored territories on earth. It's about this curiosity to go deeper and deeper into a subconscious "inner space", in the same way that we're driven to go farther and farther out to unknown alien worlds in "outer space".
(Bias disclosure) I don't like James Cameron both as a filmmaker and as a person. He always saying things like "Any direct experience that I have with indigenous peoples and their plights may feed into the nature of the story I choose to tell. In fact, it almost certainly will." Really?
But since he's one of the few people who has actually seen the bottom of the ocean, I guess his input is better than nothing. He did build a submersible machine from scratch and piloted the whole thing himself.
One of the more insightful moments in the movie was the final dive into the Mariana Trench. He describes it as "When the dive begins, it's exciting. You know, the divers become little tiny stick figures ... and everything just kind of disappears, and then you just go into darkness. You can see the plankton going by and you just fall for a long, long time."
That's a feeling I've been searching for a while now ...