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The Perfect Storm

Published May 15, 2021

The Perfect Storm

Film info

  • Title The Perfect Storm
  • Director Wolfgang Petersen
  • Year 2000
  • Run time 2hrs 10m
  • Genres Thriller, Drama, Adventure, Action
  • Tagline The storm is coming

Just days after returning from a disappointing fishing trip, Andrea Gail captain Billy Tyne decides to return to the sea to trawl for swordfish one last time before the season ends. From the port of Gloucester, Massachusetts, Tyne and a five-man crew that includes seaman Bobby Shatford set sail for the Flemish Cap, rich fishing grounds far beyond the vessel's normal range. Out at sea, Tyne learns of an impending storm but thinks he can outrun it. Little does he know that he's contending with not one but three weather fronts that unite to create the fiercest, most destructive storm of the 20th century!

Live blog

Time Comment
2:39 Being married to a fisher-person can’t be a lot of fun.
3:35 So many birds, as well.
7:17 What are these fish? They’re enormous!
12:57 “For old time’s sake.” “It was the old times that killed us, honey.”
22:52 “You can’t be good unless you love it.”
24:10 Blonde Fichtner!
30:31 Irene is adorable.
36:11 “Wife, kids, house with things in it.”
41:59 There doesn’t seem to be a lot of sleeping on a fishing trip like this.
47:49 Wait, this movie has turned into Jaws.
54:46 It is amazing that the guy who was arguing most loudly was the first one over the side.
58:59 Rogue wave.
1:01:52 Wow, imagine knowing maps enough to recognise a latitude and longitude.
1:08:10 Container ships make no sense anyway, in the middle of a storm it’s so weird.
1:13:23 I was not expecting helicopter drama as well. Just boats.
1:21:10 “We’ve got some swordmen who seem to have lost their way… or their minds.”
1:26:12 I didn’t know helicopters could refuel in flight as well as planes can.
1:31:38 Very bad times when the coastguard also need to come and be rescued.
1:46:58 How the hell do they know which way they’re facing?
1:56:12 It happened so quickly. Not like the Titanic that took hours.
2:00:54 That list of names is too many names.

Thoughts

It’s just brutal. Such a good movie but so heart-wrenching, so tense, so ultimately sad. All these people risking their lives for what? From start to finish this movie is brilliant though, at first delving deep into the lives of these fishermen - the distubances of having to come and go and the struggles of those left behind. Then the boats take to the sea, the storm descends, and it’s a very visceral experience from there. It’s the kind of film that leaves you flat and depressed, but worth the ride.

Rating: 5 / 5

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