|WHITE SQUALL (director: Ridley Scott; screenwriter: Todd Robinson/book by Felix Sutton; cinematographer: Hugh Johnson; editor: Gerry Hambling; music: Jeff Rona; cast: Jeff Bridges (Captain Christopher Sheldon), Scott Wolf (Chuck Gieg), Eric Michael Cole (Dean Preston), Balthazar Getty (Tod Johnston), Ethan Embry (Tracy Lapchick), David Lascher (Robert March), Jeremy Sisto (Frank), Ryan Phillippe (Gil Martin), John Savage (McCrea, Albatross Crewman / English Teacher), Caroline Goodall (Dr. Alice Sheldon); Runtime: 127; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producer: Ridley Scott; Hollywood Pictures/A Buena Vista Picture; 1996)|
lavishly produced and based on a true story,
it still fails to satisfy."
by Dennis Schwartz
Scott Wolf is the narrator survivor. He tells us about the hunky but troubled teens on this ill-fated sea voyage, who all have big issues with their families and society. The teens are at their best trying to figure out which tight fitting T shirt to wear while sailing.
Though lavishly produced and based on a true story, it still fails to satisfy and the teen interactions seem forced. Writer Todd Robinson listlessly adapted it from the book by Felix Sutton. It's kept as undemanding Oprah-like inspirational entertainment, that turns into a disaster movie with the storm. At least it lets a landlubber like me know what is a "white squall"--a sudden and violent windstorm at sea which is not accompanied by the black clouds generally characteristic of a squall.
REVIEWED ON 6/25/2016 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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