If you get seasick or have a phobia about being stranded at sea, this is not the film for you. But if you’ve ever had to choose between a girl and a job, or found your inner strength tested in a potentially life-threatening situation, you’ll be able to relate to Mark Wahlberg in his role as Bobby Shatford in this film, a young, inexperienced but eager fisherman working under the wing of Captain Billy Tyne (George Clooney). Shatford faces a dilemma from the start, having to choose between going out to sea with Tyne for the last fishing trip of the season or staying on shore with his serious girlfriend, Christina. Strapped for cash after a run of bad fishing trips, Shatford decides to join Tyne, despite foreboding weather forecasts and Christina’s bad feeling about it. The rest of the film is an action-packed man versus sea battle, as Tyne, Shatford and the rest of the crew fight valiantly against forces far greater than themselves and their undersized fishing boat.
Wahlberg’s Best Role Play In the role of Shatford, Wahlberg does his best fighting through what is ultimately a hopeless situation, taking up the ship’s wheel when the captain is busy, facing the wind and the waves head-on, and working as Clooney’s right-hand man to the bitter end.