Perfect Storm & Three Kings

The Perfect Storm & Three Kings

Director: David O. Russell, George Clooney, Wolfgang Petersen, Mark Wahlberg

Cast: David O. Russell, George Clooney, Wolfgang Petersen, Mark Wahlberg

     
 
Three stars team up for this unusual look at America's role in the war against Iraq. In 1991, as the Gulf War winds to a close, three American servicemen find themselves happy to have achieved victory but wondering about the ultimate importance of what they've done (especially since Saddam Hussein is still in power). Major Archie Gates (George Clooney) is a decorated

Overview

Three stars team up for this unusual look at America's role in the war against Iraq. In 1991, as the Gulf War winds to a close, three American servicemen find themselves happy to have achieved victory but wondering about the ultimate importance of what they've done (especially since Saddam Hussein is still in power). Major Archie Gates (George Clooney) is a decorated Vietnam veteran and special forces officer with two weeks to go before he retires; Sgt. Troy Barlow (Mark Wahlberg) has a new baby at home; and Chief Elgin (Ice Cube) is probably just going to end up back in Detroit. So when one of them comes across a map that seems to point out where Saddam's forces have stashed a large cache of gold they stole from Kuwait, they decide to follow the trail and take some of the war booty for themselves. However, the deeper they journey into Iraq, the more they see of the consequences of America's policies in the Middle East. Although President George Bush and the American military urged Iraqi citizens to rise up against Saddam Hussein, and pledged their support to a people's movement against the leader, Iraqis found that when they took to the streets against Saddam, the United States did not back them up, and the loss of Iraqi lives was fearsome. When Gates, Barlow and Elgin become aware of what's happening, they're torn between their desire to grab the fortune they came for and the demands of their conscience to help the people they came to liberate. Three Kings was directed by David O. Russell and marked a significant change of direction after his dark-humored relationship comedies, Spanking the Monkey and Flirting with Disaster.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Director Wolfgang Peterson returns to form after the disappointing Air Force One (1997) with this taut, detailed account of 1991's "storm of the century." Though the film's landlocked melodrama never takes off -- most of it consists of the fishermen's significant others biting their nails and overacting -- the action at sea is tense, believable, and completely unrelenting. Peterson adeptly mixes CGI visual effects with impressive soundstage recreations and location footage, as he charts the doomed course of crazily-determined skipper Billy Tyne (George Clooney) and his more cautious neophyte crewman Bob Shatford (Mark Wahlberg, in a standout performance). Though the film's dark, complex set pieces have the potential to be murky and convoluted, Peterson never shortchanges the audience with confusing logistics, shaky camerawork, or jumpy editing. In every scene, there's a palpable, specific sense of the risk and danger involved -- so much so that James Horner's cloying score seems redundant and superficial. One particularly sore spot: the talented Karen Allen is underused as a yachtswoman caught in the eye of the storm; it's as if her scenes were left on the cutting-room floor.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/03/2007
UPC:
0085391165903
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, Dolby Digital Surround EX]
Time:
4:05:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; The Perfect Storm: 3 behind-the-scenes documentaries; The Perfect Storm: 3 feature-length filmmaker/author/craftsperson commentaries; The Perfect Storm: "Yours Forever" photo montage; The Perfect Storm: Conceptual art gallery with director commentary; The Perfect Storm: Storyboard gallery; The Perfect Storm: Cast/director/screenwriter filmographies; The Perfect Storm: Theatrical trailer; Three Kings: Behind-the-scenes documentaries; Three Kings: Filmmaker commentaries and creative personnel interviews; Three Kings: Director's Video Journal; Three Kings: "An Intimate Look Inside the Acting Process With Ice Cube" ; Three Kings: Still gallery; Three Kings: Hidden Bunkers; Three Kings: Production notes; Three Kings: Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Perfect Storm
1. Gloucester, Fall 1991 [2:44]
2. Home Safe (Credits) [5:11]
3. Cold Streak [2:38]
4. Father and Son [3:03]
5. Going Back Out [3:16]
6. People With Kids [4:21]
7. The Romance in It [2:29]
8. Worth It [3:00]
9. Saying Goodbye [5:53]
10. For the Long Run [3:58]
11. Going Fishing (Tush) [4:34]
12. Confidence [3:27]
13. Shark! [3:42]
14. "I Always Find the Fish!" [2:34]
15. Murph's Accident [4:12]
16. Managed Gratitude [1:39]
17. Moments of Truth [4:01]
18. Lots of Weather [2:28]
19. The Flemish Cap [2:20]
20. Homeward Bound [3:42]
21. Rescue 231 at The - [5:19]
22. Middle of the Monster [5:00]
23. Delivery to the Tamaroa [2:49]
24. Antenna Gone, Bird [3:00]
25. Cutting Loose [3:30]
26. Running on Fumes [2:52]
27. Rescue 231 Ditches [2:30]
28. Bugsy Overboard [4:00]
29. Billy's Decision [2:14]
30. Credit for Guts [1:28]
31. Swimming to The - [1:57]
32. Topsy-Turvy [3:19]
33. Everything They've Got [2:41]
34. One Wave Too Many [2:57]
35. A Hell of a Fight [2:57]
36. Only Love [1:00]
37. Sleep Well [3:26]
38. Dreamers [1:50]
39. Dedication/End Credits [7:22]
Disc #2 -- Three Kings
1. "Are We Shooting?" [1:58]
2. Celebration [4:20]
3. Ass Map [2:29]
4. What We Did Here [1:55]
5. Proctology Tent [6:04]
6. It's All Cow [3:49]
7. It's Milk [5:45]
8. Necessity [3:53]
9. Tensilary Strength [5:35]
10. Don't Leave [3:29]
11. Accident, Stay Cool [3:31]
12. Mortar [3:45]
13. They Have a Shelter [2:56]
14. Can We Shoot Him? [2:13]
15. Honey, It's Me [2:45]
16. Boisterous and Giddy [2:32]
17. I Had No Choice [2:58]
18. The Iraqi Deal [3:39]
19. Michael Jackson [4:51]
20. Bush Wants You [5:49]
21. Here's Your Stability [3:25]
22. Saddam's Coming [2:55]
23. Let's Get Out of Here [3:30]
24. Power Pass [2:16]
25. Where's Conrad? [3:38]
26. I Thought That Was You [4:39]
27. Hide It Carefully [2:41]
28. The Border [4:33]
29. Not Our Problem [3:06]
30. Get Them Over [3:01]
31. End Credits [6:28]

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