The Abyss (1989) score: 74%
Until the silly, clichéd as hell ending, The Abyss was definitely worth at least 80%. The final act feels like it was copy-and-pasted from another (bad) movie, perhaps because the filmmakers incapacitated themselves making the rest of the film. The rest of the film is an exhaustively claustrophobic thriller – despite the massive sets – that shows huge volumes of investment from everybody involved. The special effects should be particularly considered as a turning point in film history. Without the CGI innovations here, there are lots of films which would have been vastly different. James Cameron’s own Terminator 2, for example, and Jurassic Park.