White Squall (1996)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  

USA, 1996.  Hollywood Pictures, Largo Entertainment, Scott Free Productions.  Screenplay by , based on the book The Last Voyage Of The Albatross by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

Ridley Scott’s breathtaking visual style is certainly in evidence in what many people have described as Dead Poets Society meets Captains Courageous. Less effective is an episodic story that never gels well enough to make for a film nearly as memorable as either of those previously mentioned. ,  and are among a group of 1960s adolescent boys who decide to spend their last year of high school training in the Ocean Academy, an on-sea co-operative learning experience that whets their appetite for adventure and exotic lands. We’re forced to watch as they simper and preen, fighting over who is the most popular, and then see what goofy antics they come up with when trying to get laid at a local dockside dance. Boring premise, but an exciting tragedy in the last third might make it worth watching (not to mention all you boy crazy fans out there who are just happy to see Scott Wolf in a wet t-shirt).

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