Cinema: Unleashing A Storm

Digital effects play the major role in this big summer movie--and make a splash in several others too

It howls like a werewolf. It kills with the brutal indifference of Dracula. Like a rabid dog, it rages and spits. Like Diane Sawyer, it never sleeps.

We speak of the storm--the title character in The Perfect Storm, the adaptation of Sebastian Junger's 1997 nonfiction best seller that opens this week. We do not speak, however, of the $140 million film. For more on that, you, along with the Warner Bros. executives, can read the critics or check out the box-office grosses after opening weekend. (You'll know them; they'll be the ones with the gnawed-down fingernails and little voodoo dolls bearing...

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