Directed by: Ernie Barbarash
Starring: Bill Campbell, Marla Sokoloff, Jason Alexander, Stacy Keach, Michael Rooker, Mimi Michaels, Ernie Hudson
Is it a good idea to put comedy actors in leading roles in what is meant to be a suspenseful drama? I guess it depends on how you handle it. Certainly, comedic actors can do great dramatic work, but there’s also the risk/chance that their presence will signal a humorous slant to the story, whether intended or not. I’m afraid that introducing Christopher Lloyd and Jason Alexander as brilliant scientists during the opening minutes of NBC’s two-parter Meteor doesn’t really add to the credibility of the plot.
Directed by: William Petersen
Starring: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, John C Reilly, Diane Lane, William Fichtner, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, John Hawkes
Director William Petersen seems to be particularly drawn to waterlogged storytelling. No less than three of his most well-known films are set at sea: his classic submarine movie Das Boot, the Poseidon remake from 2006, and of course this one, 2000’s The Perfect Storm. So strap yourself in for some hot and heavy fishing action with captain Clooney at the wheel.
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