“Titanic” returned to the seas (and screens) with its 3-D rerelease this week. The most famous ship in history does have some competition when it comes to ships in film. And (spoiler alert) some of THESE stay afloat.
The Black Pearl
Jack Sparrow spends most of 2003’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” looking for his beloved ship, which has a black hull and sails. Black is the new boat.
The cruise ship in 1972’s “The Poseidon Adventure” gets hit by a wave it can’t handle and winds up upside down and full of dead people, which was not shown in the brochure.
Like a cop two days from retirement, a crew taking out a boat for “one last mission” should not expect things to go well. And they don’t for the fishing vessel in 2000’s true-life drama “The Perfect Storm.” The Weather Channel is your friend, kids.
The African Queen
In this 1951 classic, Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn are drawn together by that old cliché: taking a slow boat downriver in East Africa while attempting to evade the Germans during WWI. What … again?
2003’s “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” taught moviegoers far more than they wanted to know about self-surgery, the Galapagos and how close 19th-century ships had to get so they could bomb the pants off each other.