Avalon: Beyond the Abyss (1999)
Beneath What's Entertaining
When a small island in the Gulf of Mexico suddenly and inexplicably explodes it releases a black tide full of lethal mutating plankton causing a full scale Moses Alert. It how John Alden (Parker Stevenson) and his team of marine biologists from the ABYSS Oceanographic Institute end up being called in to investigate as they have the flashiest of diving equipment to go down to find out what went on and how they can prevent an eco-disaster from happening. But as John and his team start their investigating it seems that maybe the issue is one which can not be explained by science but maybe be connected to under water caves and a Mayan god.
Get your paint brushes out because quite frankly watching paint dry would be more entertaining than watching "Avalon: Beyond the Abyss", trust me I watched it or endured it would be a better use of words. Okay so it may have some nice underwater footage and the cast is easy on the eye but from storyline point of view as well as the acting this comes up well short of the mark.
Look I want to defend "Avalon: Beyond the Abyss" because as a fan of TV movies I feel they get a bad rap for just being TV movies but this is one of those movies which give TV movies a bad name. I am not going to waste my breath going in to all the details other than say watch out for a scene where one of the women goes to give an upset member of the team a hug and the camera pulls back seemingly to show how well her shorts hug her shapely rear. It may sound sexist but this is one of those movies full of those sorts of moments.
What this all boils down to is that "Avalon: Beyond the Abyss" is genuinely a bad made for TV movie and other than an appealing cast and some nice under water footage it comes up well short on entertainment.
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