Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
USA, 2000. Warner Bros., Baltimore Spring Creek Productions, Radiant Productions. Screenplay by William D. Wittliff, based on the book by Sebastian Junger. Cinematography by John Seale. Produced by Gail Katz, Wolfgang Petersen, Paula Weinstein. Music by James Horner. Production Design by William Sandell. Costume Design by Erica Edell Phillips. Film Editing by Richard Francis-Bruce. Academy Awards 2000. Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2000.
George Clooney leads a great cast in this true story of a fisherman whose tiny boat gets caught in the storm of the century. Wolfgang Petersen has directed many far superior thrillers (even the slightly overwrought Outbreak is better than this), and far more satisfying ones as well. The scenes involving the actual storm are exciting and often terrifying, but anything else in the film seems like useless padding and just an excuse to make a story long enough to satisfying the paying dollar. The very talented Diane Lane gives an embarrassing performance as the noble blue-collar woman waiting for her man (Mark Wahlberg) on shore. When she screams at the evil guy who was paying for the fish that the boys were out trying to get, you really wonder why the hell she bothered to accept such a badly written role. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio makes the most of her role as a fellow boat captain, and her conclusion speech is the only truly memorable acting in the whole film.