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
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Poignant story of the how a disaster resonates long after it's supposedly "over".
I noticed another reviewer saw this movie in Germany. So did I. I was on vacation and was interested in checking out what was playing in English. Therefore, I had no expectations walking into "Baltic Storm". (I had never heard of the true life tragedy.) But the names (particularly Donald Sutherland's) made it intriguing. So was the movie. It gripped me from the very beginning, as it set the stage for what was to come: two hours of tension mixed with heartbreak as two ordinary people (Greta Scacchi and Jurgen Prochnow) doggedly searched for the truth amidst of world that lies as a matter of course. Even if it's for the so-called 'greater good'. Even if it means that almost a thousand people had to die. Everyone interested in what's really going on in the world should see this movie.
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