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      24.02.2013 10:54
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      Based on a true story, well worth watching

      Before I put "pen to paper" or "fingertips to keypad" I would just like to reiterate, as in some previous reviews that I am not a film critic, not any sort of expert in Cinematology, I don't necessarily agree with the accepted reviews and awards of certain films. I am just Mrs Very Normal, who likes to watch films with her family.
      Very rarely do I actually buy a film, something gets released at the cinema and it is unlikely that I will go out and watch the film, I tend to watch films when one of my children buys a copy on DVD, or when the film finally gets released on television!

      What I am stating here, is that the following review is just my own personal opinion, it may differ from yours, which doesn't make one of us right and one of us wrong - this is just my thoughts on the following film.
      A film I saw on DVD a few times, around ten years ago I had long since forgotten about until this last week, we were at a loss for something to watch and ended up watching:

      THE PERFECT STORM
      I will be careful whilst talking about the plot, for those who have not seen the film.

      The Andrea Gail was a Swordfishing boat, captained by Billy Tyne (George Clooney), the film starts with the boat coming back to port at Gloucester, Massachusetts, the captain and the crew are pleased to be home, but disappointed with their recent catch and make plans to go out to sea one more time, it is late in the season for going back out, but the money is needed and needs must.
      The crew are a mixture of very different characters, which you know that these people would not necessarily chose to be friends with each other away from the ship, but extreme conditions test their loyalties towards each other.

      The risk pays off and they start to find the fish they left shore for, however problems soon become apparent - problems with the ships equipment and then the discovery that the warnings they had been given by radio from other fishing vessels were now inevitable, between the Andrea Gales position and their home port, in fact any port was severe weather conditions, decisions have to be made as the boat and its crew need to get themselves home, alive.
      I am not usually someone who enjoys suspense films, however this film totally gripped me. I needed to know what happened next, I needed to know how these men were going to get home and their loved ones reactions as they were at home, together in their small fishing community, waiting for news.

      George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg star in this film, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is the skipper of another fishing vessel who seems to have a competitive friendship with Billy Tyne and keeps in regular radio contact with the Andrea Gale throughout the film, - it took me ages to remember where I recognised Mary Mastrantonio from, of course she was Maid Marion in Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves.
      Other key actors in the film are John C. Reilly, William Fichtner, Michael Ironside , Bob Gunton, Allen Payne, John Hawkes,

      The Perfect Storm is an adaption of the book by Sebastian Junger The Perfect Storm,,, published in 1997 about the real storm of 1991 known as Halloween Nor'easter of 1991 or the No-name storm, the Andrew Gail was actually in this storm and the book and later the film based on this true life event.
      The Perfect Storm was released to the cinemas in 2000 and is available on DVD for as little as £5

      My opinion of this film? Well written, well acted and the suspense and worry of what will happen to this vessel and its crew and how they will get home keeps going right to the last ten minutes.
      This is not my usual kind of film, I would normally watch light hearted films, through choice, but in this case I am glad that I tried something different.

      It is 130 minutes long and classified a 15 certificate.
      Good film, well worth settling down to watch.

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      06.06.2010 18:01
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      The Perfect Storm

      The Perfect Storm

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      Movie Length: 130 minutes
      Category: Thriller
      Year: 2000
      Director: Wolfgang Petersen
      Language: English
      Country: United States
      Extras: No

      Actors o.a.:
      George Clooney as Captain William "Billy" Barrow
      Mark Walhberg as Robert "Bobby" Shatford
      Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Linda Greenlaw
      Diane Lane as Christina 'Chris' Cotter

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      The story is about the crew of a fishing boat called the Andrea Gail, which is led by Captain Billy. It is September 1991 and the crew is just returning to port after long days fishing, but unfortunately they hardly caught any fish. So now they will have to go back again and even further on the sea to make sure they can get enough fish. They go to Flemisch Cap and it seems there luck is turning, but not for long. The ice machine breaks down and to save the fish they will have to return home as quickly as possible. The problem is that the shortest way is straight to a big storm that comes with lots of risks. The other option is to avoid the storm and to lose their fish. They decide to risk the storm, but it's not going to be a easy journey.

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      The performances are good in this movie. The captain is played by George Clooney, who everyone knows by now. He plays Captain Billy Barrow who is very passionate in his profession and want the best, but also needs the money. Only this means he sometimes loses the ability to make the right decisions. George plays this role very good and convincing and is enjoyable to watch. Another famous player in this film is Mark Walhberg previously played with George Clooney in the film The Three Kings. Mark plays the role of Bobby who also just loves to fish, to the annoyance of his girlfriend. I liked his part and he plays it very enjoyable. Nice performances.
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      I think the movie is fairly well done. The performances are good and there's enough drama there to keep it interesting, but I think it could have been better. The story feels flat and the more dramatic scenes goes by too quickly. Also the actors don't really have challenging parts as the characters feel flat too. The film is interesting enough to what though and loved the special effects when they are in the storm. It looks very real. Unfortunately no extras on the DVD, such a shame.

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        22.12.2009 00:08
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        Action film

        The title of this film did not really make me want to see it as I had visions of a rather limited story line and not something I was particularly interested in however to be honest the film was better than I expected it to be. Not the sort of film I would be bothered to watch again but it was enjoyable enough at the time.

        Visually this film is impressive, the storm scenes at sea are truly epic and the special effects are superb. The story focuses on a fishing boat called the Andrea Gail, it has been going through a bad patch with very poor catches and there is a lot of pressure on to take risks to get a big catch and as a result of this pressure they head out to an area called Flemish Cap which has a really bad reputation for big storms and violent seas but also the potential for huge catches.

        George Clooney is the main star of the film and he plays the ships captain Billy Tyne. He is a driven man who is prepared to take risks, alongside him is Mark Wahlberg as Bobby Shatford one ofthe crew members.

        This is a good film once the storm starts to take hold however it is rather slow going in the build up to this event and as such it probably could have done with being ten minutes shorter. It is a good action film and while the acting is nothing special these are the big budget films that Clooney has to do so that he can get the finance to do those films in which he has an interest in the subject matter.

        A good but limited action film that is worth a viewing just for the storm scenes.

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          11.04.2009 17:47
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          An excellent movie

          "The Perfect Storm" is a brilliant tribute to all the fisherman who risk life and limb to bring in the catch, and take home a pay cheque. And to those invisible heroes who go out in all weathers to rescue those caught in Nature's tantrums, on land and sea. Those to whom danger is a daily companion.
          The cast and crew of this movie produced an epic that is a testimony to all their talents. Everything was excellent. The characters were all believable, pointing not only to extremely good acting on the part of it's stars, but to the foresight of the casting director in picking the right actor to play each person. The special effects were incredible, you could almost believe that you were there on that frenzy of an ocean. You felt for the characters. For their relationships, and problems. They became real to you.

          It seems everything just fell together so right, for this project. A well-deserved pat on the back to all of the behind-the-scenes people for making that happen. The soundtrack is excellent. Every mood and nuance. Everything works so well together. To have the vision of this and to bring it all together - I am awestruck.
          If you have the chance to see this - go for it. It's an action movie, some adult language, some scenes that might upset younger ones, but overall it's just an excellent film. Five stars!

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            30.09.2008 18:18
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            This is the perfect storm..!!!!

            The Plot
            After suffering the embarrassment of returning home without much swordfish, Captain Billy Tyne (George Clooney) decides to take himself and his crew for another attempt but this time decides to go the Flemish cap. They catch lots of fish but have to make a major decision when a seriously bad storm makes bad sailing conditions and disastrous weather. They have to decide weather to risk there lives to secure what seems to be a record amount of swordfish.
            On the other hand it shows the coastguard trying to save people.

            My opinion
            This movie hit our screens in 2000 and i didn't have much interest in it, but the fact that George Clooney was in it made me think otherwise.
            I have never been a big fan of sea related movies because it seems quite boring and dull but the main story is about the storm and what it does and how people get affected about there families on the boat and all the special affects. I think Wolfgang Petersen (director) did a good job of making this movie, and made a quite boring movie even better with the help of a great cast and good storyline, also the special affects were good and looked real which made me like it even better because i always liked my specials affects.
            At the start of the movie we are being introduced to the characters and what personalities they have but this seems like a bit of distraction because it drags on for too long and it takes some time to get into the actual good part of the story.
            We also experience another story which shows a small yacht that is called out to be rescued but this takes too long and can get quite boring after a while.
            Along the way you will see fights and tantrums as some members the crew fight each other but everything happens for a reason.

            A good cast and a good director make this movie even better and thats why i am giving this a 4 out of 5
            Cast
            (Cast overview, first billed only)
            George Clooney ... Billy Tyne
            Mark Wahlberg ... Bobby Shatford
            John C. Reilly ... Dale 'Murph' Murphy
            Diane Lane ... Christina Cotte
            William Fichtner David 'Sully' Sullivan
            John Hawkes ... Michael 'Bugsy' Moran
            Allen Payne ... Alfred Pierre

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              17.07.2008 19:37
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              Not one of the best films you'll see but a good watch anyway

              Although I am not a George Clooney fan by any means in this he is totally convincing, he plays the skipper of a fishing vessel (can't remember its name) who's business is going to go under.

              He takes his crew out into the ocean for a good catch but ends up losing it due to the crane that hauls the net up snapping and you can see the desperation as he realises that they can't go home without a catch otherwise they will go under (financially at this point)

              So he decided to take the boat into dangerous territory, further out into the waters even though they have heard of a storm coming. Well you can guess what happens, yes they make their catch, the biggest haul they have ever had, but unfortunately get caught in the storm and don't make it home.

              This is based on a true story and is very heartwarming, oh and I've remembered the name of the vessel the Andrea Gail

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                19.01.2007 16:03
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                The story of a fishing ship caught in a huge storm

                >>>> Synopsis

                Having suffered the humiliation of returning to shore from another failed fishing trip, Captain Billy Tyne (George Clooney) decides to take his boat, the Andrea Gail, out for one final time this season, in hope of finding a decent haul of Swordfish to restore his pride. With the aid of his crew, they set out beyond the usual fishing waters of the Grand Banks and head further on to the Flemish Cap. But unbeknown to them a freakish weather system is forming behind them, creating deadly sailing conditions. Having managed to haul in what looks like a record amount of Swordfish they set sale back for home but as they hit the weather front, they have to decide whether to attempt to ride through the storm or avoid it and risk their haul of fish becoming old and worthless. At the same time a small sailing vessel is caught in the midst of the storm, forcing the coast guard to risk life and limb to rescue them.


                >>>> Opinion

                When "The Perfect Storm" hit the big screens back in 2000 I had absolutely no interest in seeing it, which was more to do with George Clooney being the star of the show rather than anything else. But after being forced into watching it by a Clooney fan I have to say I really enjoyed it, and funnily enough the Clooney fan was slightly disappointed. Based upon the book of the same name, which is basically an account of the freakish storms which in 1991 hit the fishing port of Gloucester, Massachusetts, "The Perfect Storm" tries to bring to life the devastation that the storm caused to the fishing community through the eyes of a group of fishermen caught up in the middle of it.

                What is quite surprising about the story is that for me the idea of watching a film which revolves around the world of sea fishing looks quite unappealing. But in fact the film is not so much about the fishing but more about the power of the storm, using the focal point of the fisherman to carry the story. In fact the storyline is brilliantly constructed where we get a glimpse at what life is like for these commercial fishermen. We see the affect that bringing in a small haul of fish has on their self esteem as well as their pockets, and also the emotional stress they endure as they have to choose between their families and their love of the sea. What is really good about this side of the storyline is that it draws you in and you start to feel attached to the characters in the film. It is even more amazing as the film does not really dwell on this aspect and before you know it you are launched into the main thrux of the movie.

                Once we have gone past the initial set up and been introduced to the main characters and their own personal issues. We move into the first half of what is essentially a two part story where we get to see what life is like for the fishermen aboard the Andrea Gail. Although not overly relevant to a film about a storm, the feelings of cramp ness and tension that these men suffer living in such close proximity to each other is brilliant viewing. At this point the film expands on some of the characters as we learn about the issues between two of the men which causes fighting in the ranks. But what is more impressive is the feeling of depression these men get when they struggle to find a decent haul of fish. I honestly would not have believed that this half of the story would have been such interesting viewing but it really grabs you and sucks you into the atmosphere. Even a scene which features them hauling in a shark by accident is well shot and interesting, although I feel this was added more to pump up the action element than to make the story realistic. Also featuring in this half of the film is a subsequent storyline about a small yacht which although an important part of the overall storyline in the fact that the coast guard are called out to rescue them in the second part, is never overly used and feels more of a distraction than of any real interest.

                Having gone through what is a brilliant first half of a film which really draws you in and makes you feel involved in what is going on, we then enter a very powerful second half which focuses in on the destructive power of the storm. Now although the film becomes wrapped up in some impressive action sequences as we watch the fishermen on the Andrea Gail tackle the mother of all storms, the film still manages to keep you emotionally involved with the characters. In fact I felt even more drawn to them as you can feel the fear that they go through as they are near on helpless against the storm. In a similar way to a rollercoaster, this side of film takes you through the peaks and troughs of emotion as you start to feel that they are through the worst just to see them come across another even bigger wave. It is in the second half that the film loosely ties in the storyline of the small sailing boat into the main one via the coast guards who are forced into the rescue attempt but again although true to the book does feel like a distraction. What is also very well displayed in this second half is the shear power of the storm, and although you can occasionally tell where the film becomes CGI enhanced in general the effects are brilliant, even more so when experienced on the big screen.

                Another surprise for me was the effectiveness of the cast who had been picked for the film, as I originally felt that the inclusion of George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg were not necessarily a good choice of actors to play these characters. Well I definitely have to eat my words as it is the sensitive but powerful performances from these two which really makes this film quite good. I was expecting a lot of cliché acting where instead of showing realistic emotion we would get an over the top, camped up performances but I was treated to some fine performances. But despite a couple of cliché scenes towards the end, the acting in general was really good and not just from the main stars. The dispute between fellow fishermen Murph and Scully is brilliantly enacted by John C. Reilly and William Fichtner giving the film as well as their characters some welcome depth. Add to this some touching performances from the family members which the fishermen leave behind and I have to say that I really enjoyed all the performances from all the stars, even George Clooney.

                What also is a key factor to the success of this film is the work of director Wolfgang Peterson as well as composer James Horner. Firstly, Peterson has done such an amazing job of making what is basically an action movie, but one which makes you feel attached to the plight of the characters. Most films within this genre focus too strongly on the action and special effects, where as Wolfgang has managed to combine both action and plot beautifully together. This is enhanced by the beautiful musical arrangements which help take you on the emotional journey, from the powerful soundtrack accompanying the action to the subtle music used initially when the sailors are back home.


                >>>> Film Summary

                For a film which I had not been interested in seeing, I have to say I love it. Unlike many film critics who have panned it for being boring and sentimental, I actually enjoy this side of the film and feel that it makes a good accompaniment to what is basically an action/ disaster movie. The way the film is made is amazingly engrossing and the addition of some fine performances from Messer’s Clooney and Wahlberg add too the overall enjoyment, plus the special effects and soundtrack cap it off as a film that I would definitely recommend.


                >>>> DVD Package

                > Special Features

                Audio Commentaries – You have the choice of two commentaries, one from Director Wolfgang Peterson which is the form of an interview, the other from journalist Sebastian Junger who wrote the book. Both are extremely informative with Peterson delivering an enthusiastic commentary on how the film came about and the problems they encountered, such as the initial issues with the towns folk opposition. Junger’s commentary is more about the realism of the film and the actual effect the storm had on the community, again a very interesting commentary which is nearly as enjoyable as the film itself.

                "HBO first look" – This was a very pleasant surprise as I was expecting a glitzy promotional look at the film. Instead I watched a compelling 20 minute feature which shows a lot of the problems encountered in the making of the movie and as to why they did certain things. It really is one of the best features on the disc as it mixes staple elements such as cast interviews with behind the scene footage but it also includes interviews with the residents of Gloucester who encountered the actual storm.

                "Witness to the Storm" – A short feature which carries on from the First Look one with more interviews with the residents who encountered the storm. They tell of the devastation it caused and you actually see some footage of the enormous waves which hit the harbour, which are far more frightening than anything I have seen in a long time.

                "Creating an Emotion" – This is another short feature which looks at the work of composer James Horner as he describes how he came up with the score for the film. Another interesting feature and also very impressive when you watch an orchestra playing the score in front of a projection of the film.

                "Additional Features" – There is a selection of additional features which include conceptual drawings, storyboards and a photo montage, which are all nice additions to the package.


                > Picture Quality

                With a film which features several dark, moody sequences I was very impressed with the transition to DVD. Colours looked very vibrant and solid, although there were a couple of occasions where they did seem to merge into each other, not enough to spoil the overall viewing pleasure.

                > Sound Quality

                This is my only disappointment as having seen "The Perfect Storm" on the big screen, the transfer to DVD looses some of the power within the sound quality. The film manages to use all the channels and the dialogue is pretty clear, but where as in the cinema the soundtrack felt big and powerful it seems to have been toned down for the DVD release.


                >>>> DVD Summary

                The DVD package although not flooded with special features is of a high quality. The audio commentaries are very enlightening and the three main features are very insightful documentaries which enhance the viewing pleasure. My only negative comes from a slightly toned down audio presentation, which although does not spoil your viewing is a bit off a let down for those who saw this at the cinema.


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                Amazon.co.uk: £4.97


                >>>> Technical Details

                Certificate: 12
                Duration: 129 mins
                Year of Release: 2000
                Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

                DVD Release: 2000
                Subtitles: Danish, English, German, Icelandic, Norwegian
                Audio: English, German
                Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
                Region: 2

                Director(s): Wolfgang Peterson
                Writer(s): Sebastian Junger (Novel), William D. Wittliff (screenplay)

                Cast: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane, John C. Reilly, William Fichtner, Bob Gunton, Karen Allen, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Allen Payne, John Hawkes, Christopher McDonald


                © Christianfilm January 2007

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                  Directed by Wolfgang Peterson who has never made a career for making great films like the "The NeverEnding Story", "The Perfect Storm" was another great film into Mr. Peterson's resume. The perfect storm, is based on the book written by Sebastian Unger. It's the true account of a group of fisherman who , in October 1991, died in the worst storm in the century, sacrificing their lives because they were doing their duties and trying to put food on the table for their families. There are many reasons I liked this movie: 1) The characters are real and genuine 2) The movie has a lot of heart, action, drama and suspense 3) The movie does have a certain mystique and aura around it, due to the fact that these are very special people whom if you met them you've probably wouldn't forget. The cast and crew is made up of Billy Tyne (George Clooney), captain of the Andrea Gail, Bobby Shatford (Mark Wahlberg) ,a beloved fisherman in Gloucester, Mike "Bugsy" Moran (John Hawkes), Dale Murphy (John C. Reilly) , David "Sully" Sullivan (William Fichtner). All these characters were loved in their community. To feed their loved ones, the fisherman go to the Great banks to catch as many fish as possible but they don't see that a huge Hurricane named " Grace" is headed their way, a deadly storm in fact. The fisherman's boss though, Mr. McNally I believe is his name, pays them very little and makes even fishing a hassle for them. The men though still go out to see despite this because of their great love for the see. One of the characters that are shown at the beginning is Christine Cotter (Diane Lane), Bobby's girlfriend, who has an undying love for him, even though she knows that fishing in rough waters can be dangerous. Making the characters more realistic and with a real storyline the movie shows the mixed hate/love relationship, the crew
                  has with Captain Billy (Clooney). It's debatable whether Tyne might have been at fault over the dealth of his shipmates. During one scene Tyne, gets a message about the upcoming storm, however, he doesn't immediately make the crew think about how dangerous it is. He instead just leaves the decision in their hands, but another Captain might have taken control and said the hell with the trip. Each characters has a story to them, it's not just that these guys were average joes and they worked a crummy job, no, they were very much by everyone and the extras on the dvd prove that with all the interviews by people in the community. The visual effects for the movie are outstanding, it is a very big budget production loaded with great sets and great models.The movie was a box office hit, and received praise for all the actors in it like Clooney and Walhberg. The effects were done by award winning special effects ma Stan Winston and ILM , the same group who gave us the effects for "Terminator 2", and "Jurassic Park" to give two examples. The Dvd for the movie comes with many extras: *Three Documentaries one by HBO called "Creating the Storm" which has interviews with Bobby Shatford's family, former Captains of the Andrea Gail, and interviews with local fisherman who know all about the characters involved. Then other documentary on the dvd is called "Witnessing the Storm" which has photos from the storm in 1991 and many interviews on it. The great thing about the featurettes is that they show you all the visual tricks and technology used in making the film. CGI Computers and Animatronixs were some of the techniques used to pull of the incredible effects in the movie because half of the movie itself as it's revealed was not done at sea but in a studio. Next is the commentary. The commentary is actually split differently during one c
                  ommentary I believe you have Wolfgang Petersen talking about the film. The other commentary has Sebastian Unger who talks about how afraid he was if his book on the storm would fail,and then how great he felt when the families of the fisherman told him how good a job he did with it. With all visual effects, story, good acting and great directing by Wolfgang "Perfect Storm" is a very good movie, by a guy who hasn't really done bad movies. In fact Wolfgang's next movie is "Troy" with Brad Pitt. So check that out and check out this one. Rounding out the DVD is the usual photo gallery , storyboards and theatrical trailers for the movie. A great DVD for a great film by a great director whose next film "TROY" with Brad Pitt should be equally as good.

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                    19.06.2002 01:05
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                    A film with a top notch cast based on a true story is normally a dead cert for success, and that is what seemed to be the case with this film. It did very well at the box office, and the majority of the reviews were very positive, so I decided to rent this from my local video shop. It has been debated in court how much of the book written by Sebastian Junger is true, as there is nobody to support his version of the events once the boat was out at sea, so a lot has to be left to the imagination of the viewer. Released in 2000, based in a small fishing town in 1991, called Gloucester in Massachusetts, a place that has become used to it's sons and husbands not returning from fishing trips, a point that we have made when the camera scans across the names of people lost at sea right at the start of the film. This film is about another group of local fisherman in the boat Andrea Gail trying to earn a living when they find themselves in the middle of the biggest storm of the century. George Clooney stars as Captain Billy Tyne, a fisherman who has hit hard times, and is desperate to make some money from fishing. He knows that the area he is heading for is renowned for bad weather, but he is confident that he and his crew are good enough to make it home with a bumper harvest of swordfish. The start of the film introduces us to the main characters, and was for me the most enjoyabel section of the film. Mark Wahlberg stars as Bobby Shatford, an inexperienced but keen fisherman, who is desperate to make some money and settle down with his girlfriend Christina played by Diane Lane, must to the delight of his mother. Their friend Murph (Dale Murphy), played by the hugely underrated John C Reilly is persuaded to come along on the trip along with Sully played by William Fichtner, and Bugsy played by John Hawkes. There is another fisherman, Alfred Pierre, played by Allen Payne, but he is barely mentioned. Fellow fisherman Linda Greenlaw, played by Mar
                    y Elizabeth Mastrantonio tries to persuade the crew not to go on, as she was convinced it was too dangerous, but desperate to land the big catch they ignore all of the warnings. The part of the film where the crew are at sea could have been developed so much more, and the drama was diluted by the fact that the focus was not solely on the Andrea Gail. We saw another small boat which capsized, which although tragic, did not add anything to the film. George Clooney tried to look scruffy in what I can only think was an effort to escape the hearthrob image, and be taken more seriously as an actor, but his performance was nowhere near good enough to warrant any praise, as he seems to be so robotic for the majority of the film, and he co stars seemed to want to copy him! The script was weak and a big disappointment, I felt that the most dramatic parts of the film were rushed, and were not done justice, nor giving the actors the chance to really shine. The effects used to recreate the storm outshine the rest of the film, and that is a shame. Director Wolfgang Petersen has not done himself any favours with this weak piece of work, and I truly cannot understand why it has done so well, and I can totally understand why the relatives of the fisherman have taken such offence at the portrayal of their loved ones in this way. The film is unentertaining and full of every cliche imaginable. The cast look as uninterested as it seems the director was, and it is a clear attempt to make money on the back of a tragic event, whilst not taking the time to ensure that the film had enough depth to entice the viewer. The soundtrack by the normally dependable James Horner fails to capture the imagination, and is as bland as the film.

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                      14.04.2002 00:03
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                      I think this film was unfairly slated. While i can pick out plenty of bad points i do find it watcheable and have seen it (of my own choice) about five times. If i try and explain the whole film i'll be here forever so basically, it follows The Andrea Gail which is a fishing boat with a crew out on their luck and also another boat and rescue crew that get stuck out in the storm. The basis of the story was good, the writing wasn't. It was full of Hollywoodisms that spoilt a film with lots of potential. The actors did what they could with it, but some of them simply didn't get the chance. It seemed the makers were in such a rush to get the boat out to sea, they had no time to make much of a relationship between the characters on shore and the fishermen. For instance Bugsy and Irene had an interesting relationship that should have been followed up better. The lovey crap between Bobby and Christina should have been left out and Murphs heartbreak at not seeing his son was not enhanced as it could have been. This distanced any feelings you might have had for the characters when they drowned and the only thing that saved their dying scenes was the way it was shot and the acting. The effects were, in my opinion, plain Pearl Harbour style BAD. Too cartoony and colourful and frankly i could TELL in some shots that they were in a big tank in a studio. One of the main problems was they tried to get too much in, this should have been a 1 1/2 hour film, not two hours. The other boat that was trapped in the storm was pointless and should have been left out, and the only reason the weather guy was even put into the film was to say the line 'This would be the perfect storm' And what was going on with the salty old sea dog who was propping up the bar in The Crows Nest? As far as i could figure he was an ex fisherman who nobody took seriously, but since he never expressed an opinion until after they had left his characte
                      r was pointless, making the actor who played him (as well as he possibly could have) look very stupid. Also, the characters inspiration was not very believable, stopping some fish going rotten... Hmm the choices: 1) Turn around and dodge the storm, thereby losing some fish 2) Sail through a beast of a storm and die? What would you do? They tried to show it as bravery but it came accross as plain stupidity. However as i have said the actors did the best they possibly could (barring one or two), and there were some exciting scenes before the storm. Murph being dragged over-board by a hook through his hand, a shark being washed on board and Murph/Sully's fiery relationship were all good too watch. Bugsy was consistantly good throughout and was a likeable character, his tragic relationship with Irene made me feel slightly sad for them both. The only crew member that had a rough deal was Alfred Pierre who basically did nothing except laugh and speak in a bad Jamaican accent. I was never bored though, i thought the basic ideas were very good and effective and that, along with some well shot scenes and good acting saved the film for me. It's not as bad as people say. If you are an effects freak you won't like it, if you prefer to concentrate on a story and meaning then you may enjoy it (as long as you can ignore the soppy rubbish) It was supposed to be based on a true story, and the people did/do exist, but from what i have read the families weren't happy with it and even without knowing them i find it hard to believe they stuck too closely to the events and real characters. Still if you can see past certain aspects, the good light shines through.

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                        25.02.2002 19:51
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                        This has to be one of my favourite films of the year 2000, action, adventure and mindless bravery in the face of a massive hurricane cum tropical storm right over the raging Atlantic Ocean. Now I was bought this video for a birthday present and, after reading the back and finding out that it was all about a group of fishermen getting caught up in a storm, I really did not fancy it - sounded dull, dull dull and I'ev got to admit that it stayed in the box until I was bored enough with the rest of the videos in my collection to watch it. Mores the pity now I look back on it. This is such a great film that it defies belief, and I'll get onto why in a moment... Plot: ----- Quite simply this is all about a group of fishermen who go out after a very bad haul to get some more fish, get caught up in a massive storm and have to battle against the elements and a great deal of bad luck in order to get their fish back to Gloucester, Massachusetts, get their cash and just maybe escape the ordeal with their lives. The focus of the film as far as characters go is the lives of Bobby - a "rookie" swordfisherman and and the captain; Billy Tyne. The fish aren't biting and Billy is none too happy with the rebellion which seems to be about to break out on board, Bobby is disillusioned with his skipper who he idolises and want's to see some results to be able to get married to his girl. The story is followed both at sea and at home with Bobby's mother and his girl having some great scenes together and the obvious worry they're going through with their nearest and dearest out in the storm which is coming. We get a lot of differing perspectives in the film; that of the weathermen following the storm and their excitment, the crew of the Andrea Gail (Billy's crew) and the crew of its sister boat the Hannah Boden, those that the fishermen have left behind, the crew of the sailing boat Mistral on their
                        way to Bermuda for a holiday and the coastguard rescue boat and helicopter. It all ties in brilliantly and we end up with a perfect view of the whole build up to the storm as well as its final destructive strike. The story of the Andrea Gail is the central one, will they get their pay? Will they ride the storm out and get back to the ones they love? Will they actually catch any fish? Action is all around the boat and the crew are brilliantly portrayed by the cast. Overall: -------- The film is, as I've hinted at, absoultely brilliant. It's not one of those that you'd think of getting out of the video shop and not the kind you'd really expect to be any good. What makes it so good? Well, quite simply, there's nothing to fault throughout, we have a brilliantly scripted story, action which is out of this world and apparently used the biggest tank in Hollywood history, we really feel for the hardship of the crew and knowing that it's a true story makes it seem all the more impressive. The film was made in and around the fishing town of Gloucester and used a lot of details which came from the residents themselves, the people portrayed are real (or at least based on the real people) and the watcher gets so involved with them that it's impossible to turn away once the "play" button is pressed. Mark Walburg and George Clooney play the principal characters and get all wet and scruffy looking, they play the parts VERY well and are very believable in their roles. A strong supporting cast makes the whole film seamless, nobody stands out as poorer than the rest and on the whole it is faultless! Have a watch, you will not regret it! To sum it up: Action on the high seas with a HUGE storm.

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                          30.01.2002 04:13
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                          George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg, the duo who were the stars of the remarkable Three Kings smash, were together again for The Perfect Storm, a film based on a true story about the captain of a fishing vessel and his crew. Now this film got an awful lot of good write ups and headlines but for my money there's a load of fuss and nonsense over nothing, and The Perfect Storm is a pretty inconsequential buddy buddy movie with a lot of noise and water but precious little else. Perhaps it's just me, because I know several people who have absolutely raved about the movie, but it passed me by without so much as a sideways glance and left me completely cold. I wanted to like it, honest, but just couldn't get myself to do so. Clooney plays the captain who brings his crew back after a time spent deep sea fishing, with not enough of a catch to make it worth their while. In a vain attempt to prove his abilities and go for that one extra big catch, he persuades the majority of his team to come back out with him on a reckless trip into the middle of one of the worst storms ever, the result of a peculiar set of circumstances which brewed up the 'perfect storm'. Needless to say, things go from bad to worse and as this is based on a true story you can guess that there's no silver lining here. There's infighting and squabbling and lots of violent waves, and some pretty heavy interpersonal arrangements, but really I can't see the attraction. Gorgeous George and Marky Mark both sport the sort of beard which you know they know is a mistake and only excusable because men like to be lazy and like not bothering with a shave when they're out with the boys in a Bonding, All guys together experience. George's is grey and reasonably refined, but Marky manages to support the wispy bum fluff that Bob Dylan used to consider so impressive. It makes him look old before his time but at the same moment childishly immature
                          . Now you may completely disagree with all this, and I can see how The Perfect Storm can register big with people, but for my money it's actually quite a dull and boring story about a bunch of dead beat losers going out in a cloudburst and getting everything they deserve, not waving but drowning. It's all about men being men and trying to obstinately prove themselves in the face of their fellows. But why bother? Stories about Man's eternal battle against Nature have to have a little bit more about them than this to really do it for me and all the big stars in the world couldn't rescue this. Wahlberg and Clooney are muted but adequate but really never get anything doled out to them which they can get their teeth into in any sort of meaningful way. Clooney is all brooding stubbornness and Wahlberg is all boyish optimism and looking forward to a better future, with the current hard work just a means to an end. Oh hum, nitey nite... PS for those factophiles amongst you, The Perfect Storm was released on June 30, 2000, runs for 129 minutes, is based upon The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea, a factual story by Sebastian Junger, it's directed by Wolfgang Petersen and besides Clooney and Wahlberg features William Fichtner, John Hawkes, Allen Payne, John C Reilly, Karen Allen, Josh Hopkins, Michael Ironside, Cherry Jones, Diane Lane, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Dash Mihok and Janet Wright (you tell me which of them you?ve heard of).

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                            03.01.2002 20:20
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                            Phew. Some people just can't avoid trouble. Having watched Perfect Storm, I was made aware of several things. I never knew so much danger was associated with getting fish onto our plate, the sea is phenomenally powerful, and I love dry land more than ever. The film traced the true life events of a band of fisherman who went into the eye of the most ferocious storm back in 1991. Their quiet North American sea village had seen thousands of fisherman die over the centuries. Yet, the industry is still thriving. George Clooney, the skipper and Mark Wahlberg crew a boat through hundred foot waves and monstrous winds. The real star is the storm, which rages unabated. The fishing vessel struggles to get home through deadly weather. Of course, much heroics, sailors washed overboard, frayed nerves, all what you'd expect from a less than relaxing day out on the ocean waves. The end was frankly startling and depressing. I finished the film rather dismayed and sullen. Maybe that's the way millions of other cinema goers felt. Is that why the film can be bought for 3.99 in many sales at the moment? I think the film was hyped up too much, and when seen, was disappointing. I didn't like the end, although it was what happened. And, I couldn't watch it again, it depresses too much. I eat fish, but with less enthusiasm now. Is it worth so much cost?

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                              02.01.2002 16:04
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                              Fishing is a treacherous occupation and this film portrays the dangers and risks that fishermen take every time they leave port. This film is based on a true life story when a ship’s captain makes an extra trip at the end of the fishing season in order to try to rectify his run of bad luck and poor catches on previous trips. The captain, Billy Tyne is played by an unshaven George Clooney who is quite convincing as a hardened sea captain. The rest of the crew of the Andrea Gail all have quite similar characters and only a little effort is made to differentiate between the different men. I think this was deliberate so that as you watch the film you think of the crew as a type of man, rather than a group of individuals and for me this worked very well. As the ship sets sail, of course there are the collection of friends and families left ashore and although we keep seeing shots of these people during the film the main story of the film is about the men on the boat. After a very successful fishing trip Captain Tyne has to turn the boat around and head for home when the ice-making machine breaks down, before the fish start to rot. At that point he does not realise that he is heading into one of the biggest storms recorded in history. This great storm of October 1991 was caused when Hurricane Grace came up against a cold front from the north and huge waves of over 100 feet caused havoc and damage in the whole area. The film also includes stories of rescue missions being undertaken by the US coastguard and there are some great shots of people being rescued by helicopter from other boats and the raging seas. The filming of these stunts and all of the special effects are extremely well done and totally believable. The only point I did find that stretched reality a bit far was how often people were swept overboard and so easily rescued, but this did not spoil the film. The film does tend to start a bit slow, but after about 2
                              0 minutes the rest of film is full of action and the tension builds nicely as the storm develops. All of the acting is very good and this is a very good film. However, if you a great animal lover and sensitive about seeing animals harmed then I would avoid this film. Some of the shots of the big fish being dragged onto the boat and being cut up and gutted are not for anyone with a weak stomach. I am pleased that I was not eating any fish fingers as I watched this film. The end of the film is ………….., not as I expected. Overall I did enjoy this film, although if I watched it again I would “fast forward” through the first part.

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                                29.12.2001 02:48
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                                As goregous as George Clooney is, even he couldn't save this utterly awful film. This film does exactly as it says on the tin - it's about a storm. And fishermen (in particuarl Clooney & Mark Wahlberg) in a ship who get caught in the afore mentioned storm. Thoroughout the very long and painful 90 odd minutes, I was convinced (as a closest optimist) that at some point a plot would appear - as is traditional in films. Sadly, this hope was thwarted. There is a romantic interest for each of the two male stars. Predictable. The only thing that keeps the audience awake is the sound of crashing water - which actually does more to make you want to go to the loo than want to concentrate on the film. I was shocked to discover that it's all based on actual events. The storm is "perfect" because of its meteorological beauty. The relatioship to reality does add something to the film and makes it more enjoyable - sadly I was not aware of this link (I watched this film on video and actually missed the opening and closing credits) until a few months after seeing the film and would admit that knowing it is non-fiction may have added to my enjoyment it. The acting is good. The special effects are actually pretty damned stunning - but the utter lack of plot really ruins the entire experience.

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                                Setting out for the one last catch that will make up for a lacklustre fishing season, Captain Billy Tyne (George Clooney) pushes his boat the Andrea Gail out to the waters of the Flemish Cap off Nova Scotia for what will be a huge swordfish haul. While his crew is gathering fish, three storm fronts (including a hurricane) collide to create a "perfect storm" of colossal force, and Billy's path back to Gloucester, Massachusetts, takes them right smack into the middle of it. Wolfgang Petersen's adaptation of Sebastian Junger's seafaring best-seller is a faithful if by-the-numbers true-story account of a monster storm that rocked New England in 1991, specifically Tyne's commercial fishing boat and its crew. Junger's tale fashioned a compelling if staid narrative out of seemingly disparate events, but this film adaptation tends to flatten out the story into a conventional if absorbing story of man vs nature, as the crew fights for survival against the awesome waves the storm kicks up. The central part of the film, which cuts between the Andrea Gail's fight to stay afloat and the attempts of the coast guard to rescue a yacht in peril, is suspenseful action of the first degree, aided by some awesome computer-generated waves.Still, it's a long way to that action, with an extended first act that consists mainly of stoic men, crying women and a fair amount of "don't go out into the sea" dialogue--in other words, a compelling story has been shoehorned into standard summer movie fare. It's too bad, as Peterson assembled an excellent cast--including Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane, John C. Reilly and William Fichtner among them--but seems to opt for only a surface exploration of these characters, though Clooney seems to have a touch of Captain Ahab in him. You may still be won over by the movie, but for a more in-depth portrait, go to Junger's book for the missing details. --Mark Englehart