The Perfect Storm (2000)

Apparently I’m on some sort of George Clooney kick here, and why the hell not?  The man skirted the edges of obscurity for a decade, finally got his break and now he’s one of the closest things to the old Hollywood royalty set.  Most of his movies are critical darlings, and if it weren’t for him, dozens of projects would never get off the ground.  In hindsight though, I wish I’d have watched this one for the blog right after The NeverEnding Story as they’re both directed by Wolfgang Petersen.  I like it when the movies of the day are connected like that.

Anyways, look at all the tagged actors in this movie!  Admittedly, I have a fondness for character actors (“hey it’s That Guy!”) and well a lot of them won’t bring in me in any extra hits, to me they are name actors.  This movie was um, somewhat based on actual events of a real perfect storm that happened in 1991.  Something like eight hurricanes (Wikipedia is down right now, so I have no way to verify if this information is true even though I just watched the damn thing) all massed together like Voltron and wrecked havoc.  Nobody knows exactly what happened to the boat captained by Billy Tyne (Clooney) since well, they all died.  Oh, SPOILER ALERT, sorry.

It’s really hard to get excited for a movie that is going to be such a downer, and for the most part it’s fairly by-the-books.  Clooney and Mark Wahlberg are pretty much the only ship crew that really get a chance to shine, although now that I think about it, William Fichtner and John C. Reilly do get some emotional scenes as well.  Honestly, the allure of the movie isn’t the story, but the special effects and for the most part, they truly shine on Blu-Ray.

3 / 5


About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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