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Hollywood Spotlight - Reviews [Perfect Storm]


Perfect Storm (Special Edition)

Release Date:

Studio: Warner Brothers
Year: 2000
Run Time: 130 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Starring: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, John C Reilly
Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen
  Movie Summary: [Action/Adventure, Drama]

    October 1991. It was "the perfect storm" a tempest that may happen only once in a century a nor'easter created by so rare a combination of factors that it could not possibly have been worse. Creating waves ten stories high and winds of 120 miles an hour (193 kph), the storm whipped the sea to inconceivable levels few people on Earth have ever witnessed. Few, except the six-man crew of the Andrea Gail, a commercial fishing boat headed towards its hellish center.

DVD Details
  • Widescreen: 2.35:1, Enhanced for 16X9 TVs, Pan & Scan, Color, 6.1 Dolby Digital EX, Region 1
  • Audio Commentary by director Wolfgang Petersen, Audio Commentary by author Sebastian Junger, Audio Commentary by visual effects supervisor Stefen Fangmeier, Production Stills set to John Mellencamp's "Perfect Storm" theme, "Yours Forever", "HBO First Look" Making Of, "Witnesses to the Storm" Making Of, "Creating the Emotion" Making Of with composer James Horner, DVD-ROM: Trailers, Special effects mini-documentaries; Internet multi-player game
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Reviewer: Sean Kelly

Poop. I can't believe this film is rocking The Patriot's boat at the boxoffice. If you're trying to decide between this and The Patriot for a Friday night, hands down, the choice is: The Patriot. The Perfect Storm suffers immediately from shallow, surface-level character development. While the costume and set designers created a magnificent look-feel of the life and environment of the sailors and fishermen involved, there is little sense of who the people are, and what their driving passions are. Clooney seems to fit the bill of a scruffy skipper without incident, just as the other actors seemed to compliment their roles, each with a unique, flavorful personality - but personalities alone cannot rationalize the behavior among the crew. -- We move on to the visuals - the visuals are fantastic! There are quite a few fun and unexpected events which lend to the thrill. The computer effects creators went to great lengths to create a gorgeous storm, complete with unbelievable realism in the water, even with CGI boats moving around in the swells, however when smaller objects like people and debris end up in the water, you might notice that the foreign bodies do not share the apparent motion of the water which, for me, ruined the effect, pointedly reminding me that what I see before my eyes couldn't possibly be real - it doesn't -feel- real. That alone was dismissable - as the film trudged onward, I waited for things to suddenly begin to make sense, and then, abruptly the film ended, never satiating my search for an engaging plot. Unforgivably lame.


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