This is the first of 3 reviews that are part of the Remembering James Horner Blogathon hosted by Bex over at Film Music Central and being . Tnx for letting me participate!
Number of Times Seen – 2 (22 Apr 2008 and 21 Jun 2016)
Brief Synopsis – Dramatization of a fishing boat that was caught in the middle of a devastating storm off the coast of North America in 1991 and the heroic men who were on it.
My Take on it – When I heard about Bex’s Blogathon, I was quite excited to participate because James Horner has scored some of my favorite movie music. I debated for a while which film(s) to watch and review because there are so many great ones; Titanic (1997), Apollo 13 (1995), Deep Impact (1998), Braveheart (1995) and Sneakers (1992) are among my favorites.
In the end, I chose to go with 3 that I have yet to review and although I recalled his scores from these films (and in two cases, his credits song), I can’t say that I knew them so well.
I chose this movie first since I had only seen it once and recalled the stellar cast, but couldn’t really remember much about the movie itself.
This movie has the same issues many people nitpick about when dealing with something ‘based on a true story’; much is made up and I can understand that it could offend the people and families, but at the end of the day, the story needs to be engaging and of interest to the audience so obviously embellishments are expected.
The story is ok here and is enhanced by the thrilling storytelling methods used including the amazing special effects.
The characters probably could have been developed better to give us more of an idea as to who these heroic men are but the use of excellent casting helps even more because we feel we already know people like Mark Wahlberg, George Clooney and John C. Reilly.
James Horner did an amazing job here and not only do we get a very memorable and touching score, we get a credits song that is incredibly moving. I love “yours Forever’ and have been having trouble getting it out of my head over the last few days because it is such a great song that fits in with the movie incredibly well.
Check out both the James Horner’s score from the movie and the song Your Forever below:
I once again want to thank Bex for running this Blogathon and look forward to reading all the other entries!
Bottom Line – Great special effects make this film worth seeing because of the way the entire situation is depicted. Excellent cast helps tell the story of what happened during a turbulent expedition to catch swordfish off the coast. The characters aren’t as fleshed out as the could have been, but we still get a nice enough idea of who each of the crew members were. Amazing score by James Horner with an unbelievable credits song help make this quite a moving tale. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – None of the fish in the movie were real, they were all either rubber (dead fish) or animatronic (alive fish). The director, Wolfgang Petersen, is an animal rights supporter. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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