The Perfect Storm (2000)

8.

★★

Not exactly the catch of the day

Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen
Written by: William D. Wittliff (screenplay)
Starring: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Diane Lane

A planet of apes is a little more surprising

Determined to get a better catch after a cold streak, Captain Billy Tyne (Clooney) rounds up his fishing team with sights set on the dangerous waters of the Grand Banks. With loved ones back at home who count on their love and support, all men on board have desires to return safe and successful. Whether the forces of nature out in the open sea will stand in their way will be up to the limits of the crew’s strength, resolve and teamwork.

Compared to director Wolfgang Petersen’s other work – including Troy, and even Air Force One – The Perfect Storm feels more like a lucky catch in terms of its ensemble cast as the script and production value don’t seem as compelling or impressive (no matter how big the wave might be).

While The Perfect Storm tries to hold audiences with deep sea dangers, action and on board conflict, making a fishing trip worthy of blockbuster film material is about as difficult as actually finding a good catch of tuna out in the great blue. The minor dangers that the crew face always predictably get resolved as the audience know of the impending storm (it’s kinda in the title…). And with dialogue that sails straight for cliches and all-too clear objectives in plot progression and character development, The Perfect Storm doesn’t hold too many surprises.

 

 

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