The Finest Hours was a decent film based on an amazing real life disaster!
A heroic tale to be sure, just not the greatest disaster movie I’ve ever seen.
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.
Director: Craig Gillespie
Run Time: 1Hr 57Min.
Okay when they say two oil tankers were destroyed, what they mean is two almost identical tankers cracked completely in half. As in two pieces! What are the odds that this could happen simultaneously on the same day?
You see, I found the actual event fascinating. The storm, the tankers and the risky Coast Guard rescue… all incredible! It was the movie that was kind of meh. It could have been the star. It’s not that I don’t like Chris Pine, actually, I quite like him in the Star Trek franchise. But that’s the problem. whichever movie he stars in, I see him as Captain Kirk. Smug, cocky–well you get the picture.
Casey Affleck on the other hand, was fantastic! As all my reviews are spoiler free, I can’t tell you why he was fantastic but let’s just say that he gave a marvelous performance.
The special effects were quite spectacular. The churning sea, absolutely merciless and also breathtaking. Kudos to the team responsible because the desired result is that you feel like a speck against the awesome ferocity that is the ocean. The movie was fast paced and exciting most of the time. I just wonder if maybe they cast someone else as the lead, I would have liked it more.
Honestly there are many great things about The Finest Hours and I’m sure there are varying opinions about it. Mine is that it’s a decent movie that I am happy to have watched at home on Netflix.