Perfect Storm

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The Perfect Adventure

Jul 4, 2000
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Pros:The sheer force that is displayed here. They did an awesome job!!

Cons:The fact that some people will watch the movie and criticize the acting rather then understand what the film is really about.

From what I can see, not too many people are liking this film. That's just my humble observation. I really think that's too bad though, because I myself loved this movie!! Then again, any storm interests me, and so a perfect storm really catches my eye.

I know that I only speak for myself on this but when I saw the previews while watching another film, I thought it was pretty cool looking and made a mental note to get to the theater when it came out. Now maybe I'm assuming that others felt the same way. Maybe I'm wrong. Several people seem not to be too fond of this movie. Am I weird? I wonder....

Onto the movie now. I'll let you be the judge.
Characters

George Clooney - Billy Tyne-Andrea Gail Captain
Mark Wahlberg - Bobby Shatford-Rookie Fisherman who ends up acting like the Captains right hand man
Diane Lane - Christina "Chris" Cotter-Rookie's Girl
John C. Reilly - Dale "Murph" Murphy-Estranged husband who hands his paycheck over to his wife to take care of their son
John Hawkes - Bugsy-Just a guy who wants someone to come home too after a long haul. He just goes about it the wrong way is all
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio - Linda Greenlaw-Hannah Boden Captain
Allen Payne - Alfred Pierre-Jamaican Fisherman just wanting to make a buck or two
William Fichtner - Sully-Last minute replacement on Tyne's crew


I do have to admit to all of you that the movie itself started off a little bit slow, and to be honest I really didn't understand or for that matter, care to understand all the fisherman lingo and whatnot. I began to wonder when the good stuff would start. I wanted action!!

The Andrea Gail and the Hannah Boden had just pulled into dock on the shores of Gloucester Massachusetts. Captain Tyne and Greenlaw begin to unload, weigh and pack their catches with ice.

The crew assembles and gathers their paychecks. It seems that Captain Greenlaw has been having better luck with the fish then Captain Tyne and his boss notices this and brings it to his attention. Tyne takes some offense to this and decides to make another trip out when the one that he just came back from should of been the last of the season.

That night at Crow's Nest, the local bar, Tyne lets his crew know that he'll be going back out. The flighty, happy to be home energy from the crew suddenly dies. He tells them that if they don't want to go he can easily replace them but they think about the pay and most decide that it would be a good opportunity. Two days later they set off for another long 6 weeks or so.

This time though, Captain Tyne had different plans. He went further east then he should have. Even though it proves to be very good fishing waters you can't play with nature.
They received an emergency fax about a storm directly in their path for home. The crew and captain decide to brave their trip home and travel right through the heart of the storm.

With their crew pumped up and ready to go, and 60 thousand pounds of dead fish in the hull, they turn tail and head for home. It seems though, that they have a few unforeseen complications from the time the storm starts to pick up till the end of the film, and your on the edge of your seat the whole time or on the brink of tears.

Several times during the movie I turned to my significant other and asked if we could leave. What was in front of me up on the screen seriously scared me. The one reason why is because it's possible. It's happened before. The movie is based on a true story. Most of the main characters in the movie were able to meet some of the real live people who had lived it.

Sometimes I tend to wonder what it is we are doing to our beautiful earth. Really. We are destroying it. Simply ruining it. Not many people seem to care, but when things like these storms ravish harbor front towns we always ask why. Don't we already have our answer though?? Can't we look and see what we're doing and hold ourselves responsible instead of blaming our neighbors? I think sometimes people have a hard time look at situations for what they are.

There are two sides to all things in nature. The destructive side and the nurturing side. We seem to take the latter of the two for granted and wonder why the destructive side surfaces. Do any of you understand the point I'm trying to make here?? I hope so.

Those of you out there who say that the accents suck, please look at what the film is about again. Consider the absolute sheer power of the water and winds that would be present in a storm such as this!! It's utterly frightening. Just Imagine!!!


I hope you all have a great night!! Go check this movie out while it's in the theaters, you won't regret it.

**Linkster**

****Warning: For those of you who got sick while watching Blair Witch Project, you may be careful with this flick. There gets to be a lot of motion at some points that may seem to make you queasy. If you can hack it, go out there and see it. It's definitely worth it!!!




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