Nominated for 2 Oscars:
Best Visual Effects
The second and last film I saw on New Year's Eve was the visual effects-driven The Perfect Storm - a film that is messy plot-wise, but OK when it comes to nice effects. Actually, I don't know if the highlight is the computer-generated stuff; I appreciated more the realism of the scenes on the boat, the boat's movement, all of that which I assume was filmed in a studio, in a specifically built pool.
The story is cliched and nothing special. There's romance I couldn't care about. There's some conflict on the boat, but that's just forced inside the screenplay for diversity. And then there's the storm and the waves and that's fun to watch, especially on a big screen TV. George Clooney is ok, Mark Wahlberg is ok, but there's only so much on page to work wish. This is not a vehicle for actors to shine, just an excuse for big-ass visual effects.
My rating for the film: 6/10. Gladiator won for Visual Effects that year, but it wasn't much of a competitive category.