Wolfgang Petersen directed DAS BOOT. Sebastian Junger's nonfiction best-seller was riveting. The special effects are state of the art. So why is this account of the fate of the Andrea Gail
, a 70-foot swordfishing boat that vanished in the middle of
the storm of the century, so oddly slapdash? October, 1991: The Andrea Gail
leaves Gloucester, MA, manned by seasoned captain Billy Tyne (George Clooney), warring tough guys Murph (John C. Reilly) and Sully (William Fichtner), quiet Albert Pierre (Allen Payne), sad-sack Bugsy (John Hawkes) and rookie Bobby Shatford (Mark Wahlberg). Forced far afield by poor fishing, the crew has no idea that three weather sy...