The Perfect Storm

2006
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Double bill of maritime action adventures directed by Wolfgang Petersen. In 'Poseidon' (2006), based on 'The Poseidon Adventure' by Mark Protosevich, it's New Year's Eve and festivities have begun aboard the luxury cruise ship Poseidon, at sea in the North Atlantic. Many of the ship's guests have gathered to greet the New Year in style in the magnificent main ballroom. However, a Rogue Wave, a monstrous wall of water over one hundred feet high, is bearing down on them with tremendous speed. The wave strikes with colossal force and has a disastrous effect on the ship and its passengers. A few hundred survivors are left to huddle in the still-intact main ballroom, now resting below the waterline. One man, professional gambler Dylan Johns (Josh Lucas), prefers to test the odds alone. Ignoring orders, he prepares to exit the ballroom and find his own way to safety but is collared by nine-year-old Conor (Jimmy Bennett), who asks that Dylan take him and his mother, Maggie (Jacinda Barrett), along. Fast behind them is Robert Ramsey (Kurt Russell), anxious to search for his daughter, Jennifer (Emmy Rossum), and her fiance, Christian (Mike Vogel). 'The Perfect Storm' (2000) is adapted from Sebastian Junger's semi-fictional book about the loss of a fishing vessel and its crew during one of the biggest storms for decades seen off the coast of the US. In the autumn of 1991 the Andrea Gail leaves the port of Gloucester, Massachusetts, never to be seen again. Heading out to the fishing waters of the Flemish Cap in search of swordfish, Captain Billy Tyne (George Clooney) and his crew soon find themselves overtaken by a massive storm, one which taxes their courage to the very limit.