A <i>Perfect</i> Commentary

We don't do many movie reviews around here but in the spirit of the holiday weekend I've got a good one for you: The Perfect Storm, the true story of some commercial swordfishermen caught in the worst storm of the century off the New England coast.

My favorite books and movies are always the ones that draw me into a world I hadn't thought much about. And while I like swordfish, I confess I hadn't spent much time wondering how it got from the ocean to my plate.

Well, with considerable difficulty, it turns out and therein lies this tale. Don't worry, this is no nature documentary with a deep-voiced narrator. This is the action movie to end all action movies and five minutes in you'll be on the edge of your seat.

The plot is simple, the cast is great and the storm special effects are spectacular: The boat crew trying to steer into a 10-story-tall wave. A rescue helicopter trying to refuel in midair at the height of the hurricane.

Odd for today's movies, no one gets shot. There's plenty of action but no gun battles, no wild car chases. No violence, just the storm.

This is a story about bravery but it's men against nature, fighting something bigger than they are. There's something noble about that and it gives you a good feeling on a summer day.

I don't know about you, but I never get that feeling watching people wreck cars and shoot each other.