The Perfect Storm

"The storm is coming."

The Perfect Storm is a dramatic film that was released in 2000. It is based on a true story. The film centers around the captain and crew of the ship, Andrea Gail. The ship is a sword fishing boat that has been down on its luck a lot recently and has been unable to turn a profitable catch. The Captain of the ship is so anxious to make money he begs the crew to join him on one last expedition. The crew manages to sail out and have some good luck catching fish. They decide that in order to turn an adequate profit on their catch, they need to head back to shore immediately and sell it, before it turns rotten.

The crew soon discovers that there is an immense storm brewing between their ship and their home port of Gloucester. They debate over whether or not to remain where they are and wait until the storm passes or to make a run for shore. Concerned with losing even more money, the Captain and his crew decide to make a break for it and see if they can beat the storm.

The ship soon becomes trapped in the storm and the crew is in great danger. An Air Natural Guard helicopter is one of the first things to respond to the crew’s calls for mayday. However, the storm at this point is so powerful that the helicopter crashes. Two members of the Andrea Gail are thrown overboard by the huge waves that are hitting the boat. The crew desperately tries to escape the storm and the Captain orders that the ship make a u-turn at full power. This desperate move does not save the ship however. As the ship is performing this maneuver, a huge waves hit it and the ship is flipped over.

It begins to sink to the bottom of the ocean. At this point the Captain declares that he will go down with the ship. Bobby, one of the newest crew members on the ship, tries to save himself too but he also drowns. The movie ends with the memorial service to the men. The movie is based loosely on the actual ship Andrea Gail and her crew members who were lost at sea in 1991. The men and that ship were never found so much of the crew’s final moments are speculative. The Perfect Storm is historical fiction and is rated PG-13.

PG-13
| 2000 | 2 hr 10 min | 6.4/10
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Director
Wolfgang Petersen
Language
English
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