The Perfect Storm (2000)

While I rarely rewatch films, quite seldomly there are a few that I really enjoy. I decided to rescreen The Perfect Storm, and see how it has held up through the years. It stars George Clooney, Diane Lane, and Mark Wahlberg.

The story, which is based on actual events, centers around a New England town, Gloucester, MA, which is a fishing town. Clooney plays Capt. Billy Tyne, who runs the Andrea Gale, a swordfishing boat, for the ship's owner. After he returns from a bad outing, he rounds up the crew for one more outing before closing out the season as a chance to bring in the big catch. In order to fill the hold, he heads out to the Flemish Cap, where he has a great catch. Unfortunately, just as he is filling up the hold, his ice machine conks out. Rather than let the fish rot, they make an ill fated decision to try for home through the perfect storm- where two fronts and a hurricane are converging.

I enjoyed The Perfect Storm immensely the first time, and just as much the second. The special effects are well done as we see the waves battering the fisherman and their boat. The acting is well done, and I think Clooney will be well remembered for this role. Also, Mark Wahlberg and Diane Lane gave strong performances. Finally, the soundtrack is great, as it was done by composer James Horner, better known for the music of Titanic, among a long and distinguished career.

If you missed The Perfect Storm the first time around, definitely catch it on DVD. It's already a classic, and a great thriller of the sea.

Overall Grade: A


topbeagle said...

I really like this one too. I remember seeing it in the theatre and feeling sea sick as I walked out. then "perfect storm" was brought into vocab. You would hear it used in meetings to describe any really bad problem. (proof read)

digitaldoc said...

I watched it on VHS the first time, but this time around on DVD with an HDTV (spare me the discussion on the signal not being true hi def purists), I enjoyed the film even more.