Outbreak

  • Directors: Wolfgang Petersen
  • Producers: Arnold Kopelson, Anne Kopelson, Wolfgang Peterson, Gail Katz
  • Writers: Laurence Dworet, Robert Roy Pool
  • Genres: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Cuba Gooding Jr, Patrick Dempsey, With Donald Sutherland, And Kevin Spacey

The Motaba virus is discovered in a mercenary camp in Africa in 1967 and kept top secret. Two soldiers order the camp bombed to cover up the discovery of the virus.

Thirty years later, the virus resurfaces in Africa. Col. Sam Daniels (Dustin Hoffman), a USAMRIID virologist is sent to investigate the Motaba case. He and his crew gain information about the virus and return to the United States where he asks his superior, General Ford (Morgan Freeman), to put out an alert for the virus. Ford, who knows the virus is not new, tells Daniels that it is unlikely to show up. Neither of them know that one of the host animals, a White-fronted Capuchin Monkey, has been illegally brought to the U.S. to be sold as a pet. Jimbo Scott (Patrick Dempsey) takes the monkey to Cedar Creek, California. On the trip, the monkey infects Jimbo with the virus.

Once Jimbo arrives at the pet store the owner tells him he got the wrong gender, but only after the monkey has infected him. Jimbo releases the monkey into the woods. Jimbo starts to show signs of infection on his plane trip to Boston, where he gets off the plane and kisses his girlfriend, infecting her. They are both hospitalized and Daniels’ ex-wife, Robby (Rene Russo), investigates the infection. Jimbo, his girlfriend and the pet store owner die from the virus. Robby investigates and concludes that everybody in Boston checked out all right.

On the way back they are confronted by McClintock (who also came by helicopter to prevent them from returning to Cedar Creek). Daniels has Salt fire a missile into the trees to trick McClintock with a decoy helicopter crash. Returning to Cedar Creek, Salt mixes the monkey’s antibodies with the E-1101 to create an anti-serum, in time to save Robby but not Casey. Daniels discovers Operation Clean Sweep is in progress; he and Salt take it upon themselves to fly in the way of the bomber to stop it. With support from Ford, Daniels is able stay in the way of the plane long enough to convince the pilot and his bombardier that information was withheld from them. The bombardier detonates the bomb over water instead of the town. Ford, having had enough of McClintock’s agenda, relieves him of command and places him under arrest for withholding information from the President. McClintock promises to take Ford down with him. Daniels makes up with his wife, and the remaining residents of the town are successfully cured.

Poseidon

  • Directors: Wolfgang Petersen
  • Producers:
  • Writers: Paul Gallico, Paul Attanasio, Mark Protosevich
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller
  • Actors: Kurt Russell, Freddy Rodriguez, Josh Lucas, Jacinda Barrett, Richard Dreyfuss, Jimmy Bennett, Emmy Rossum, Mike Vogel, Stacy Ferguson, Andre Braugher, Kevin Dillon

The SS Poseidon, a luxury ocean liner named for the Greek god of the sea, is making a transatlantic crossing.

The opening focuses on an introduction of the main characters. Nineteen-year-old[2][3][4][5] heroine[6] Jennifer Ramsey (Emmy Rossum) and her boyfriend Christian (Mike Vogel) are a young couple hoping to be engaged, but her father, former New York City Mayor Robert (Kurt Russell), has doubts about their relationship. Elena (Mía Maestro), a traveling stowaway, is going to see her ill brother in New York. She is being helped by Valentin (Freddy Rodriguez), a waiter on the ship’s staff who met her in a club and agreed to smuggle her on board. Dylan Johns (Josh Lucas) is a smooth-talking professional gambler who develops feelings for a woman, Maggie James (Jacinda Barrett), who has a son, Connor (Jimmy Bennett), to whom Dylan grows close to throughout the movie, and Richard Nelson (Richard Dreyfuss) is an architect left distraught by his lover’s breaking up with him.

Most of the passengers are at a New Year’s Eve party in the ship’s ballroom, unaware of the danger about to befall them. However, a depressed Nelson, awaiting a midnight phone call from his ex-boyfriend that never comes, sees a 150-foot high rogue wave in the calm open ocean, heading towards the ship. The wave crashes into the starboard side of the ship, causing it to capsize and killing most of the passengers on its decks. As the ship rotates 180 degrees and submerges from the impact, the windows in the hallway explode from the intense force of the wave, causing water to flood into the ship and it begins to sink.

Calm is restored in the ballroom after Captain Michael Bradford (Andre Braugher) assures the passengers that rescue boats are on their way and will be there in a couple of hours. A small group of passengers (see above) ignore his attempts to keep them in the ballroom and flee, with the bulkhead doors sealing behind them. Due to the buildup of pressure, the water breaks through into the ballroom, killing all those who stayed behind. They attempt to head toward the bow of the ship, where they believe they will have the best chance of escaping the capsized liner. Fighting through many hazards (flooding the ballasts, negotiating an elevator shaft with a table, etc…), they ultimately arrive at the bow and escape through the propeller tube by blowing apart the turbines with a canister of explosive gas. They jump out of the tube and find a life raft as the Poseidon sinks. They then fire a signal flare, and are rescued by Coast Guard choppers.

Troy

  • Directors: Wolfgang Petersen
  • Producers: Wolfgang Petersen, Diana Rathbun, Colin Wilson, Brad Pitt
  • Writers: David Benioff
  • Genres: Action, History, Romance
  • Actors: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Brian Cox, Sean Bean, Peter O Toole, Diane Kruger

King Agamemnon (Brian Cox) of Mycenae is in Thessaly, Greece, with his army looking to expand territory and influence. On the battlefield, Agamemnon’s soldiers prepare to engage in combat against the army under the Thessalonian king, Triopas (Julian Glover). Rather than suffer great losses, Triopas agrees to Agamemnon’s proposal to settle the matter in the traditional way – through a decisive match between the best fighters of the opposing armies. Achilles (Brad Pitt) is summoned by Agamemnon, and after arriving, easily kills the Thessalonian champion Boagrius (Nathan Jones). Accepting defeat, Triopas presents Achilles with a scepter as a token for his king. But Achilles refuses, saying Agamemnon is not his king.

In Sparta, Prince Hector (Eric Bana) and his young brother Paris (Orlando Bloom) negotiate an end to the war between the outlying kingdom of Troy and Sparta. On the last day of a week-long peace festival, Paris manages to smuggle Helen (Diane Kruger), Menelaus’ (Brendan Gleeson) wife, back to Troy with him. Infuriated by Helen’s disappearance, Menelaus vows revenge. Meanwhile, Agamemnon (Menelaus’ brother), who had for years harbored plans for conquering Troy, decides to use his brother’s situation as a justification to invade Troy. He is advised by his general, Nestor (John Shrapnel), to call upon Achilles to fight for the Greeks, ensuring they can rally enough troops to the cause. Agamemnon relishes the prospect of gaining complete control over the Aegean Sea by conquering Troy.

After a last disorganized and futile attempt by surviving Trojan soldiers to repel the invaders, the battle ends and the Greeks storm the inner palace only to find that Achilles has died just a few moments earlier. Funeral rituals are performed for him the next morning. The movie ends with Odysseus delivering the final words: If they ever tell my story, let them say I walked with giants. Men rise and fall like the winter wheat, but these names will never die. Let them say I lived in the time of Hector, tamer of horses. Let them say I lived in the time of Achilles.

Air Force One

  • Directors: Wolfgang Petersen
  • Producers: Executive Producers, Marc Abraham, Thomas Bliss, David V Lester, Producer, Armyan Bernstein, Gail Katz, Wolfgang Petersen, Jonathan Shestack
  • Writers: Andrew W Marlowe
  • Genres: Action, Thriller
  • Actors: Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close

Three weeks after an operation in which United States and Russian special forces captured the tyrannical leader of Kazakhstan, General Ivan Radek, U.S. President James Marshall announces in a speech in Moscow that America will undertake a new offensive against terrorism. His visit complete, the President heads home to Washington, D.C. aboard Air Force One.

Secret Service agent Gibbs kills three fellow agents once the plane is airborne and opens the on-board weapons locker. Soviet neo-nationalists, led by Ivan Korshunov, had boarded the plane posing as a news crew who had been cleared to fly on Air Force One, the same news crew that was later found dead. They seize the weapons and search the plane for Marshall, killing many passengers. The President is evacuated to an escape pod by numerous Secret Service agents, all of whom are gunned down. The terrorists assume he had escaped in the deployed capsule, but Marshall actually remained onboard in hiding. The remaining passengers (White House Chief of Staff Lloyd Shepherd, military advisor Major Caldwell, National Security Advisor Jack Doherty, Marshall’s wife and daughter, and others) are held hostage in the conference room while the cockpit crew locks the door and prepares to land at Ramstein Air Base. The terrorists break in and kill the non-compliant pilots, taking control of the plane and aborting the landing at Ramstein.

Kazakh MiG-29 fighter jets loyal to Radek soon reach Air Force One and inflict serious damage to its engines. US F-15 fighters intercept and fend off the hostile aircraft, shooting down several. Although one of the US fighter pilots flies into the path of a missile to save Air Force One, the plane is too heavily damaged to land. Air Force Pararescue hastily arranges an air-to-air zip-line rescue from a C-130 Hercules, but before the evacuation can be completed the damaged plane begins a rapid descent with Marshall, his family, Caldwell, Shepherd, and Gibbs still aboard. Marshall insists on evacuating his family and the wounded Shepherd before himself. Once it is Marshall’s turn to leave, though, Gibbs, actually a mole by the neo-nationalists, drops all pretense and kills Caldwell and the parajumper, attempting to be the last one off and leave the president to die. Marshall fights with Gibbs and escapes on the zip-line, leaving Gibbs aboard the doomed plane as it crashes into the Caspian Sea. The C-130 announces, “Liberty 2-4 is changing call-signs… Liberty 2-4 is now Air Force One!”, indicating the president is aboard, and the film ends with it flying safely away with the First Family aboard and a fighter jet escort.

The Perfect Storm

  • Directors: Wolfgang Petersen
  • Producers: Gail Katz
  • Writers: Sebastian Junger, William D Wittliff, Bo Goldman
  • Genres: Adventure, Drama, Action, Thriller
  • Actors: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane, John C Reilly, William Fichtner

In September 1991, the swordfishing boat Andrea Gail returns to home port in Gloucester, Massachusetts with a poor catch. The owner of the Andrea Gail starts to get mad upon the distribution of salary to the crew, and insults the captain for his streak of poor catches. Desperate for money, the captain convinces his reluctant crew to join him for one more late season fishing expedition. They head out past their usual fishing grounds, leaving a developing thunderstorm behind them. After little success, they head to the Flemish Cap, where they find great success. At their height of fishing, the engineer is unable to fix their aging and battered ice machine, so the only way to preserve their catch is to hurry back home. After a debate as to sailing straight through the building storm or to wait it out, the crew decides to head home quickly with their 60,000 pounds of fish. However, between the Andrea Gail and Gloucester is a confluence of two powerful weather fronts and a hurricane, which the crew of Andrea Gail underestimates. After repeated warnings from other ships, the Andrea Gail loses her antenna, forcing a fellow ship to call “Mayday” for the Andrea Gail. A US Coast Guard rescue helicopter responds, but after failing to perform a midair refuel, the helicopter crew ditches the aircraft, and is luckily rescued by a Coast Guard vessel, the Tamaroa. The Andrea Gail endures various problems, with 40 feet waves crashing on to the deck, a broken anchor ramming the side of the ship, and two men thrown overboard, the crew decides to turn around. They head into the eye of the hurricane, as they see the sun for the last time before an overhelming wave (possibly 70 – 100 feet high) sinks the fishing vessel. Friends and family worry and wait for a ship that never comes home.[1]

Das Boot

  • Directors: Wolfgang Petersen
  • Producers:
  • Writers: Wolfgang Petersen
  • Genres: Action, Drama, History, War
  • Actors: Klaus Wennemann

The film is the story of a single mission of one World War II U-boat, U-96, and its crew. It depicts both the excitement of battle and the tedium of the fruitless hunt, and shows the men serving aboard U-boats as ordinary individuals with a desire to do their best for their comrades and their country. The story is based on an amalgamation of the exploits of the real U-96, a Type VIIC-class U-boat commanded by Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock, one of Germany’s top U-boat “tonnage aces” during the war.

The story is told from the viewpoint of Lt. Werner (Herbert GrГ¶nemeyer), who has been assigned as a war correspondent on the German Submarine U-96 in October 1941. He joins its Captain (JГјrgen Prochnow), who is only named as der Alte (“the Old Man”) or Kaleu (short for his rank of KapitГ¤nleutnant) and Chief Engineer (Leitender Ingenieur or LI, played by Klaus Wennemann). As the U-96 officers, including the “1WO” (the First [watch] Officer, played by Hubertus Bengsch) and “2WO” (the Second [watch] Officer, played by Martin Semmelrogge) drink in a cabaret, KapitГ¤nleutnant Phillip Thomsen (played by Otto Sander), celebrating his Ritterkreuz award, gives a crude drunken speech in which he mocks Adolf Hitler.

Their return to La Rochelle on Christmas Eve is a little less triumphant than their departure; the boat is battered, the crew is pale and weary after their long tour. The wounded navigator is taken ashore to a waiting ambulance, but as soon as Admiral Dönitz comes aboard for an inspection, Allied planes strafe the facilities. Werner, the LI, the 1WO, Pilgrim, Frenssen, the Chief Bosun, Schwalle, and Dufte take refuge in the secure U-boat bunker, though most of the men are wounded. After the raid, Werner leaves the bunker and is horrified when he sees the lifeless bodies of Johann, Ullmann, and the 2WO, their bodies riddled with bullets and crushed by concrete. Looking towards the entry passage he finds the Captain, with multiple bullet wounds and bleeding from the mouth, watching the U-96 sink at the dock. When the Captain collapses after the conning tower disappears, Werner rushes to his side, then backs away in horror.