A journalist from Berlin, Germany, and a Swedish lawyer discover the truth behind the sinking of the "MS Estonia" in 1994, where more than 850 people drowned.

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During the night of 27th to 28th September 1994, the Swedish-Estonian ferry ESTONIA sank in the middle of the Baltic Sea. 852 people lost their lives, only 145 were saved. Until today this has remained the biggest shipping catastrophe in European waters since the end of World War II. JULIA REUTER, a journalist with a leading German television magazine in Berlin, is trying to get a scoop on military black market arms trafficking from Russia. Her investigations lead her to Tallinn in Estonia, where on the evening of September 27, 1994 she misses the ferry ESTONIA, by mere minutes. One of the vehicles on the ship is a truck loaded with high-tech weapons. ERIK WESTERMARK is a Swedish lawyer, who is coming from a sailing trip along the Estonian coast with his 10-year-old son. They were setting off for the return trip back home to Sweden, aboard the ESTONIA. But the ferry doesn't make her port of call. She sinks in the midst of the cold Baltic Sea. Erik Westermark is among the rescued. The ... Written by TOP STORY Filmproduction GmbH

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When the two escorts are thrown off the Estonia there is a shot of one of them on the phone with the Estonia docked in the background with the bow door shut. Later, as the ship prepares to leave, there is a shot of the bow door closing See more »

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This could have been something
10 March 2004 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

To sum up Baltic Storm in a few words you could say: bad acting, terrible script and directing, a ridiculously retro musical score with an important story that shouldn't be treated this badly. You could perhaps complement Baltic Storm on its editing and cinematography. The five minutes or so of actual archive footage from the last days of the Cold War in the beginning of the film is the best part of the whole thing.

To begin with, Jutta Rabe's alter ego Julia Reuter is an incredibly dull person. You've seen these strong women before and when it's done in a professional manner it works but when it isn't it's really bad. Scacchi can act, but the script doesn't allow her to be anything else but a big cliché.

Jürgen Prochnow does what he can with his character but it's not very clever to make Germans play Swedes as well as Estonians when it's done in such an amateurish way. Prochnow has a name, but he doesn't succeed in portraying the Swedish lawyer losing a son in the disaster. This is not his fault, it's the badly written script again.

There are some well-played characters like Dieter Laser's Gehrig and Donald Sutherland's bad American, but it doesn't help much. The film concentrates on the relationship between Prochnow and Scacchi and there's no chemistry there I can tell you that. Their search for the truth is just a ridiculous chase after ghosts in the woods.

The story however is interesting. The producer Jutta Rabe was a very controversial person in Scandinavian media for a while. She wanted to tell the truth and talked of great conspiracies, one that is shown here in the film. She could have done a better job. If not for the audience, so at least out of respect for the people who lost near and dear ones that day. They deserve a better presentation of "facts".


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