Perfect Storm

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The Discovery Channel Documentary was better..

Mar 5, 2001
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Pros:The Effects, I didn't pay to see it in the theater

Cons:No character development

The Bottom Line: Overall the movie was alright(better than getting hit with a stick), but I wont see it again. If you enjoy special effects/disaster movies you might want to check it.


Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.

The Perfect Storm (2000) is Rated PG 13 and it stars: George Clooney (Captain Billy Tyne), Mark Wahlbergh (Bobby)

I have a strange reaction to hyped/much talked about movies. I refuse to see them for as long as possible. I am almost always disappointed thanks to all the hype. That was the case with The Perfect Storm. Well I finally broke down and watched this movie while I was visiting family.

This is a true life story about a Gloucester, Mass based fishing boat, the Andrea Gale and her crew. Times are hard on the fisherman and the captain decides to go out one more time to see if they cannot get some bigger fish. While out on the sea the "perfect storm", a convergence of three weather patterns hits and the men are trapped at sea trying to get home. In the end they do not make it. Depressing, but with all the specials on about the Andrea Gale and the "perfect Storm" that were on before the movie came out you know what is going to happen.

The movie spends a little time at the very beginning showing the men coming home from a lackluster outing. They meet up with their families and/or friends, get paid, go drinking etc. During this brief part of the movie we basically see who has someone waiting at home for him, who doesn't and that is about it. The characters were not developed well at all, I felt about the same amount of involvement with the people as I did with the boat. The only reason I felt moved at all was because I had watched a few specials on the Discovery Channel with the real life people involved. In the beginning here we also see the development of a couple sub-plots but they go nowhere so they are hardly worth mentioning.

The rest of the movie is about the 7 fisherman out on the sea, finally getting the great haul they all need, only to hit disaster on the way home. Here and there throughout we see little scenes of the ladies back home, the weatherman tracking the storm, the coast guard and the rescue of some people off a small sailboat. Again the lack of character development really made what should have been very "edge of your seat" thrilling seem more like a made for TV movie. Now don't get me wrong, the effects of the waves were somewhat dramatic, the posters and movie cover pretty much show you that. I was however, sort of expecting more in the way of HUGE waves than I saw.

Maybe if the actors seemed to fit the roles better, in addition to giving us some reason to like these people, it would have been better. As it is George Clooney seemed to be sleepwalking through the movie, and Mark Wahlbergh just didn't quite pull of being a fisherman. There were also some pretty cheesy lines in the movie:
Bobby "I got a woman who I can't stand to be two feet away from."
Captain "Congratulations."
Bobby "Then again, I love to fish."
Captain "Son, you've got a problem."
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Recommend this product? No


Viewing Format: VHS
Video Occasion: Better than Watching TV
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older


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