The Finest Hours Movie Review

The Finest Hours is based on the incredible true story from 1952.  It’s almost unbelievable and the movie keeps you on the edge of your seat.

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A heroic action-thriller, “The Finest Hours” is the remarkable true story of the most daring rescue mission in the history of the Coast Guard. Presented in Digital 3D, Real D 3D and IMAX® 3D, the film will transport audiences to the heart of the action, creating a fully-immersive cinematic experience on an epic scale. On February 18, 1952, a massive nor’easter struck New England, pummeling towns along the Eastern seaboard and wreaking havoc on the ships caught in its deadly path, including the SS Pendleton, a T-2 oil tanker bound for Boston, which was literally ripped in half, trapping more than 30 sailors inside its rapidly-sinking stern. As the senior officer on board, first assistant engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) soon realizes it is up to him to take charge of the frightened crew and inspire the men to set aside their differences and work together to ride out one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast. Meanwhile, as word of the disaster reaches the U.S. Coast Guard station in Chatham, Massachusetts, Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana) orders a daring operation to rescue the stranded men. Despite overwhelming odds, four men, led by Coast Guard Captain Bernie Webber (Chris Pine), set out in a wooden lifeboat with an ill-equipped engine and little, if any, means of navigation, facing frigid temperatures, 60-foot high waves and hurricane-force winds.


Cast: Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz, and Eric Bana

Director:  Craig Gillespie

Based upon the book by: Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias

Written by: Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen

The Finest Hours is a character study with a lot of drama thrown in, it kept me on my seat almost the entire time.  It’s action packed, but not in the same terms as a 2016 action packed movie, but as action packed as a real-life sea rescue in 1952 is. It’s just one heart-wrenching disaster after another, with a beautiful love story thrown in too.

Going in on knew the movie is based on a true story, but watching the story unfold it’s almost unbelievable, like it was a story created in Hollywood.  I felt like I was back in 1952 with the attention to all the little details in the movie.

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The Finest Hours opens nationwide Friday (1/29).

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Rated PG-13, Run Time 136 minutes, #TheFinestHours

Disclaimer: I attended a media screening of this movie.