Based on Sebastian Junger's best-seller, Petersen's motion picture
relates the well known true story of six brave fishermen who really
fought for survival with all their heart, skill and tenacity… The
hurricane hits full force just as their ice machine breaks down,
leaving the six men onboard with two choices: Let all of the fish they
have caught spoil and hang out for a few days till it calms down, or
try to salvage their income and pride by navigating 'right for the
middle of a monster.'
It's a film of high drama, tragedy, hubris, and one of Mother Nature's nastiest hurricane on record… There is the bad weather, the constant danger of mechanical failure, the perils of controlling a crew of strong and colorful men, not to mention the threat of the fishing itself in raging waters…
George Clooney is excellent as the disappointed skipper who couldn't know the true price of fish, and whose dignity is wounded because he can't find fish on familiar waters...
The women left on the shore include a friendly rival captain with better luck; a worried woman afraid to lose her man to the cruel sea; a caring mother begging her precious boy to be careful; and a sweet single mom who shows up dockside the next morning to say goodbye…
"The Perfect Storm" may be considered one of the great sea movies… It is a terrifying adventure with thrilling images: The shark attack on the deck of the Gail; Captain Tyne's exploits while trying to repair a broken mast; the remarkable bravery of a chopper crew riding the scary waves to save three lives trapped on a small luxury yacht; and the mid-air refueling attempt for a rescue helicopter thwarted by strong winds… The 'Andrea Gail' was pushed straight into raging waters where the real fish are…
In October 1991, a confluence of weather conditions combined to form a killer storm in the North Atlantic. Caught in the storm was the sword-fishing boat Andrea Gail. Magnificent foreshadowing and anticipation fill this true-life drama while minute details of the fishing boats, their gear and the weather are juxtaposed with the sea adventure.
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