If you can buy George Clooney as a working-class, hurting-for-money captain of a fishing boat, you’re in for one hell of a ride with what could be described as a “chamber piece disaster film” directed by Wolfgang Petersen. Based on the 1997 non-fiction book by Sebastian Junger, “The Perfect Storm” tells the tale of the final voyage of the Andrea Gail, a swordfishing boat based off the port of Gloucester, Massachusetts, captained by Frank William ‘Billy’ Tyne, Jr. (Clooney) and crewed by Bobby Shatford (Mark Wahlberg), Dale Murphy (John C. Reilly) and David Sullivan (William Fichtner). In October 1991, the Gail ventured out to the Flemish Cap on one last fishing expedition in an attempt to make up for a slow season, where she encountered a confluence of two powerful weather fronts and a hurricane that conjured massive thunderstorms and 40-foot waves … and, as illustrated on the film’s poster, some even much, much larger. While “The Perfect Storm” has been accused of being flooded with factual errors and incomplete research, it makes for a rousing and often frightening adventure that reminds us that hell hath no fury like Mother Nature, the display of which earned the film Oscar nominations for Best Visual Effects and Best Sound. – IFC Staff