The Finest Hours is a 2016 American historical disaster drama-thriller film directed by Craig Gillespie and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. The screenplay, written by Eric Johnson, Scott Silver, and Paul Tamasy, is based on The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman. The film stars Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz, and Eric Bana, and chronicles the true account of the 1952 United States Coast Guard rescue of the SS Pendleton, after it split apart during a nor’easter off the New England coast.
The Finest Hours was released in the Disney Digital 3-D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D formats on January 29, 2016. The film received a mixed critical reception and grossed $52 million worldwide.
In February of 1952, one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast struck New England, damaging an oil tanker off the coast of Cape Cod and literally ripping it in half. On a small lifeboat faced with frigid temperatures and 70-foot high waves, four members of the Coast Guard set out to rescue the more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard the rapidly-sinking vessel.
Featuring a cast including Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Eric Bana, Holiday Grainger, and Ben Foster, it’s hard to believe that this movie comes from Disney of all studios. As far as a rescue drama goes, this is pretty generic but overall, I did find myself enjoying the film, it’s got a lot of good acting in it, the visuals look really impressive, the tension is pretty good, it’s got enough enjoyment value to recommend it when it hits TV or on Blu-Ray, it wasn’t something that you needed to see in a theater.
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