Sunday, October 30, 2016

Movie review: The Finest Hours

Based on a true story, The Finest Hours recounts one of the most historic Coast Guard rescue operations ever seen. When a winter storm hits the East Coast in 1952, four Coast Guard members set out in a small lifeboat to rescue more than 30 sailors stranded on their oil tanker, which has been ripped in half.

Chris Pine (Bernie), Casey Affleck (Ray), Ben Foster (Richard), Eric Bana (Daniel), Holliday Grainger (Miriam), John Ortiz (Wallace), Kyle Gallner (Andy), John Magaro (Ervin), Graham McTavish (Frank).

The Finest Hours begins with some character introductions and backstory as Bernie and Miriam first meet. The story transitions smoothly as a large winter storm bears down on the East Coast, ripping apart a tanker ship just off the coast of Cape Cod. Bernie and three other Coast Guard members set out in a small boat, against all odds, to try and save the tanker crew.
The real story here, represented in the film, is truly incredible. It is amazing the men on the tanker were able to shape their destiny at all, let alone buy enough time to be saved. Adding in the story of the Coast Guard crew sent on the rescue mission only adds to the depth and intensity of the film.

Acting was good with Pine doing a nice job as a humble hero. Affleck was good with nice delivery, as was Foster, Bana, and the remainder of the cast. Grainger was a solid choice to play against Pine and put forth a very nice performance.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were wonderfully done with a solid, realistic feel. CGI and effects, which obviously played a big part in this one, felt realistic and added greatly to the film. Dialogue had good depth and moved the story along nicely. Sound and soundtrack were good.

Overall The Finest Hours is a solid Action Thriller with good production quality, acting, and an incredible storyline. Action Thriller and Action Drama fans should enjoy this one.

While the film does have some profanity, it should be fine for teens and above.

Released: 2016
Reviewed: 10.21.16
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Action Thriller, Action Drama

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