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The Perfect Storm(2000)

The many characters are modestly drawn but feel human nonetheless and as mentioned earlier - the score plays throughout the entire movie - but I LOVE the score. It's perfect for the sweeping sea spectacle we're watching.

The Perfect Storm(2000)


I hope I'm not the only person in the world who thinks this movie is criminally underrated. Sweeping score, decent character development, strong cast and special effects that still look good to this day. It's far from perfect, but The Perfect Storm is an emotional ride in the waves, one that I will probably revisit quite a bit.

Fine a film as it is, there are perfectly ridiculous scenes in "The Perfect Storm," scenes almost as far-fetched as the nuttier maritime aspects of "Titanic." In perhaps the most egregious, a fisherman accidentally goes overboard at night in the North Atlantic. Two shipmates with neither life jackets nor safety lines promptly dive in after him. They not only locate him (seeing just fine in all that dark salt water, thank you) but surface with him close to the boat despite their long swim, and are easily hauled back aboard.

As for the film's special effects and the monster waves, "They terrified me and I've seen a lot of weather." In fact, she says--and here's a thought--the perfect storm of 1991 was not the worst she's seen at sea.

In a rather admirable effort, composer James Horner returns to the sea with his score to the thrilling blockbuster film, The Perfect Storm. Director Wolfgang Petersen's film version of the book of the same name chronicles the devastating "Halloween Storm" of 1991, in which three separate storm systems came together to create "the perfect storm". The story focuses on a swordfish boat, the Andrea Gail, and her crew and how they deal with this terrible force of nature. The book didn't just focus on the Andrea Gail though, it focused on many different things going on at the same time, and in an effort to condense all of this information down to 2 hours, some dramatic license was definitely taken. The book was riveting and informative, and having seen the film before reading the book, I was disappointed in the apparent loss of information that would have been nice to know when seeing the movie for the first time. However, that aside the film was rather enjoyable, and truly an exciting 2-hours to spend in the theater.

I am in almost perfect agreement with my brothers. The scenes at sea during the storm are exciting, tense and well filmed. The opening half hour on land and the scenes of dialogue on the boat before the storm though, are melodramatic and pure soap opera. And not even very good soap opera.

A freelance journalist and author, Junger coined the phrase "the perfect storm" after a conversation with Bob Case, the 30-year veteran meteorologist who was deputy meteorologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service's Boston, Mass., forecast office at the time of the storm. Case says that while he does not recall specifically talking to Junger among the thousands of calls he fielded over the years, he likely meant that three weather ingredients had come together to create a "perfect situation." However, this is true for any major storm.

Technically speaking, "The Perfect Storm" is simply stunning as every trick in the book is employed to depict a raging storm at sea, which I'm sure built on Petersen's previous experience on his award-winning at-sea adventure, "Das Boot". Petersen conveys the awesome force unleashed by the converging storms, depicting giant wave swells that mercilessly pound large ocean-going tankers and threaten to completely engulf smaller vessels. If there ever was a perfect film for raising public awareness about the dangers of underestimating weather conditions while at sea, "The Perfect Storm" would fit the bill. The sheer convincing nature of the visuals should make anyone think twice about sailing on the open seas in anything smaller than a cruise ship.

But forecasters did call it a perfect example of the deadly force of nature. Winds blasted over the ocean at more than 100 mph. Ocean waves peaked at 100 feet, the height of 10-story buildings. Waves 30 feet high battered the New England coast, destroying 200 homes. Nine people died, including the six-man crew of a swordfish boat from Gloucester, Massachusetts. 041b061a72

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