The Perfect Storm Reviews
I was kicking myself for not watching this movie in a theatre to optimise the viewing pleasure. I put that on my must-see list but it had a rather short shelf-life. Think only two weeks. I missed it.
I wasn't pinning alot of hopes on this one, especially after being disappointed by TROY. Just wanted something lighter and thrilling so borrowed this and GODZILLA.
This movie did the right thing by offering more than an hour of awesome awesome awesome SFX visual treats! It doesn't hurt that the human drama is not bad at all. Great performances from all.
I really wish they will all return with 'a shitload of fish.' To go back to their loved ones. To prove to themselves they are capable of a big catch and makes big profits which they truly deserve. After braving so much bad luck and hardship, my heart goes all out for them. Please don't let them die, I prayed. They earn a glorious return.
I was actually bitterly disappointed that they all parish eventually. It is one hell of a good fight but still to no avail. I was so sure they will make it through the storm.
This is no popcorn actioner. It is a sad story about a bunch of people who lost their lives seeking a living. I wonder if they survive, would I have said the same thing? Most likely, yes.
Film is ok. Definitey impressive special effects and good quality acting from the crew members and their loved ones alike. I found that I wasn't too drawn into the story by the end as there wasn't really enough time to care about the characters. There was enough surface characterisation to keep you invested but overall it was about watching the waves and the storm. I was a little confused by the presence of the pleasure boat and indeed the rescue services...both seeming a but superfluous in the end. I must say I didn't expect the ending to go as it did...interesting change to the Hollywood formula. A fairly average.. if not a very wet film.
Personally I found the events to be sufficiently dramatic thanks to Wolfgang Peterston's sure handed direction. The initial drama sequences leading up to the storm are developed well and give enough basic introductory information about the crew without being too long or boring. When the storm does eventually hit, the action sequences are breathtaking thanks to the magnificent blend of nice CGI (which still stands up nearly 17 years on) and real live effects, with plenty of heart pounding shots of the actors being buffeted and assailed by water. It all looks incredibly realistic thus creating a palpable sense of mortal danger.
I even thought the inclusion of the rescue crew and the distress of the small boat with the crew of three was welcome alongside the main event of Andrea Gail. I found myself instantly on board (excuse the pun) in wanting them all to survive and caring much more about characters in this film who had barely any screen than those who dominate an entire Roland Emerick movie.
While the picture quality on Blu-Ray leaves quote a bit to be desired, the sound quality is very good with complimentary realistic foley effects and a decent musical score.
Finally, Wolfgang Peterson keeps a steady pace and brings the movie life with vibrant energy. 4/5
(Full review TBD)
Incredibly breathtaking on a technical scale while respectably dramatic when it needs to be, The Perfect Storm is a visually thrilling and very well-acted disaster pic that goes above genre expectations.