Plot: The Coast Guard makes a daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952.
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Verdict: Simple Fantastic Story
Story: The Finest Hours starts by taking us back to 1951 Massachusetts where we meet Bernie Webber (Pine) struggling to gather the confidence for his first meeting with Miriam (Grainger). As a coastguard we see how hesitant he is to commit to a relationship knowing how dangerous his job is. After agreeing to marry Miriam we see a storm coming towards the town and move to an oil tanker with Ray Sybert (Affleck) on-board trying to make the right decision while entering the storm.
When the ship suffers heavy damage it is up to Ray to keep the crew making the right decisions with no way of calling for rescue. The rescue is going to be going with Daniel Cluff (Bana) and his coastguards but the problem is the ship is split in two and going in different directions. Bernie must lead a crew include Richard Livesey (Foster), Andy Fitzgerald (Gallner) and Ervin Maske (Magaro) to take on what looks like an impossible mission to finally put the demons of a previous failure behind him.
The Finest Hours is the incredible story of four coastguards who have to brave the weather to save the stranded crew who also have to achieve their own remarkable achieve to survivor as long as they do against the elements. We do have a slow start to get into the rescue as we only follow the stranded ship early on while dealing with coastguard’s personal lives which while is real comes off unnecessary. This is something very interesting and is one I would suggest watching too as the courage these men showed is simple amazing.
Chris Pine: Bernie Webber is a good honest sometimes social awkward coastguard, he has a haunting past after failing to save a wreck recently which does make members of the coastguard look down on him but when he is the last resort for saving the stricken oil tanker he will risk his life and three fellow coastguards to save them. Chris gives us a great performance not over playing like he can do with his normal roles keep this straight from start to finish.
Casey Affleck: Ray Sybert works in the ships engine room, when the ship gets split he is the only one that thinks of a way to keep the ship a float for as long as they do. He has to turn the hostile crew in his favour to bring them to safety. Casey is good in this role but I do think we could have seen a stronger performance from this talent.
Ben Foster: Richard Livesey is the second in command on Bernie’s boat the man he turns to for advice on each decision he makes but one of the only loyal men to stand by him. Ben is the ever reliable supporting character actor here.
Eric Bana: Daniel Cluff is the chief on the coastguards new to the area getting little respect from his coastguards. He makes the difficult decisions to send out his first choice team only to have to turn Bernie for the next rescue. Eric is good in his role playing the strict authority figure.
Support Cast: The Finest Hours has a good supporting cast filled with names you know are always good in supporting roles with not a single one giving a bad performance.
Director Review: Craig Gillespie – Craig gives us the incredible story of courage that really shows these men’s Finest Hours even if the film starts of slightly slow.
Action: The Finest Hours uses the action with the rescue that all comes off edge of your seat stuff.
History: The Finest Hours shows us just one of the many amazing stories that coastguard risk their lives for.
Thriller: The Finest Hours is one that once it gets started keeps us on the edge of your seat to see how this rescue mission will be achieved.
Settings: The Finest Hours recreates the settings of the time in question as well as the oil tanker, small lifeboat being battered on the seas.
Special Effects: The Finest Hours uses great effects to make us believe we were part of this crew both on the rescuers and the rescued.
Suggestion: The Finest Hours is really one to watch because it really is a brilliant story. (Watch)
Best Part: The resuce.
Worst Part: Slightly slow starting.
Action Scene Of The Film: Breaking the bar.
Believability: Based on the real story.
Chances of Tears: No
Chances of Sequel: No
Post Credits Scene: Photos from the real event.
Oscar Chances: No
Runtime: 1 Hour 57 Minutes
Tagline: 32 survivors, room for 12.
Overall: Stunning true story shot to look as realistic as possible.