The Perfect Storm


Review: Based on a true story which took place on October 1991, an unusually intense storm pattern catches a group of fishermen unaware and puts them all in mortal danger.
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Actors: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, John C. Reilly, Diane Lane, William Fichtner, John Hawkes, Allen Payne, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Karen Allen, Cherry Jones, Bob Gunton, Christopher McDonald, Michael Ironside, Rusty Schwimmer and Janet Wright
Year: 2000
Genre: Action, Adventure and Drama
Conclusion: 3/5
This is also based on a non-fiction book The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger. The music was composed by the late James Horner, whose work I have always enjoyed and admired. Fantastic ensemble cast with the likes of George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg. At the end of the film I could not believe the outcome. All I am going to say is that it came as a complete shock to me. The only made-up character in the whole movie is Irene. None of the fish that they used were real. This is a story which I didn’t know about beforehand. Although the Crow’s Nest is a real bar in Gloucester, it is actually not on the dock as depicted. In the late Roger Ebert’s review he states “We learn about the economic pressures of the sword-fishing industry, we meet the crew members and their women, we learn a little of their stories, and then the film is about the ship, the storm and the people waiting in port for news. In a parallel story, about a luxury sailboat in distress, cranks up the suspense even further.” At the Bafta Awards in 2001 this won Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects.

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