• Publication date: March 2, 2011

Never Doubt One�s Instincts The Perfect Storm: No Man Can Avoid Destiny

Based on the novel by Sebastian Junger, which was in turn loosely based upon true story of the Andrea Gail fishing vessel, The Perfect Storm details the events preceding the ship�s sinking in 1991. George Clooney depicts the boat�s captain, William �Billy� Tyne, a divorced father of two disappointed by his crew�s lackluster performance during the tail end of the fishing season. Despite the risks of a soon approaching storm, Billy and his crew reluctantly decide to embark upon one last expedition in an attempt to recuperate their losses. Since the men rely upon their fishing income for their yearly expenses, the potential danger involved in the journey seems justified.

Based on the novel by Sebastian Junger, which was in turn loosely based upon true story of the Andrea Gail fishing vessel, The Perfect Storm details the events preceding the ship�s sinking in 1991. George Clooney depicts the boat�s captain, William �Billy� Tyne, a divorced father of two disappointed by his crew�s lackluster performance during the tail end of the fishing season. Despite the risks of a soon approaching storm, Billy and his crew reluctantly decide to embark upon one last expedition in an attempt to recuperate their losses. Since the men rely upon their fishing income for their yearly expenses, the potential danger involved in the journey seems justified.

The endeavor was fruitful for the most part, and the men offset the season�s earlier losses. Their happiness would soon turn bitter, however, when Andrea Gail�s freezer begins malfunctioning; without it the crew�s haul would quickly perish. To prevent that from happening Captain Tyne made no haste in returning to shore, well aware that he would be traveling into the eye of the storm. Nonetheless, with his years of experience he believed he could navigate through the rough tides.

It soon becomes evident that the Captain is in over his head, however. When a fallen antenna disconnects the vessel from outside communication, and a rescue copter crashes while refueling, the men are left to fend for themselves. The decisions they must make from this point forward are, quite literally, the difference between life and death. Regardless of the outcome, The Perfect Storm packs enough suspense to keep audiences glued to their seats.

The film�s soundtrack features the sounds of renowned artists such as John Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Marley, and many more. Both a critical and commercial success, the picture received two Oscar nominations and grossed more than $328 million in sales worldwide.

Year: 2000

Duration: 130 minutes

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Starring:

George Clooney

Mark Wahlberg

John C. Reilly

Diane Lane

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Director: Wolfgang Petersen

Rating: Rated PG-13 for language and scenes of peril.