The Finest Hours is based upon a true story and takes the audience on an incredible ride through a rough storm on February 18, 1952 off the coast of Massachusetts.
When a ship breaks apart into two pieces leaving men stranded in the ocean facing certain death, one man in the Coast Guard takes his orders seriously. His dedication leads him into uncharted territory where he is required to go out and help others, even if he knows he might not come back.
From the movie posters you know there are 32 survivors with only room for 12 on their boat. Faced with an impossible choice Bernie Webber defies orders in an attempt to save every single one, including his own life. Courage in the midst of midst of danger.
[quote]You Have To Go Out, But You Don’t Have To Come Back.
—Andy Fitzgerald, U.S. Coast Guard, Engineman 3rd Class, 1952[/quote]
While some 3D movies use cheap effects so you are reminded it is 3D, that is never the case with this movie. Everything is done in a way where you feel as if you are actually in the scene with them. If you are the least bit prone to motion sickness, this might be a movie that would bring it out for you.
If you stay through the initial credits, the actors appear alongside the photos of the real men who inspired this story.
This is definitely a movie we would love to watch again.
Parental Advisory: (SPOILER ALERT)
The Finest Hours is an intense movie filled with drama and a little bit of romance. There is hardly anything objectionable for children; however, it is not a movie my nine year old would be comfortable seeing as it would be too intense for him. My 12 year old son attended the screening with me and loved this movie.
This is not a movie I would want to watch in IMAX 3D. The 3D was intense enough and adding IMAX might make some people need a motion sickness pill.
The Finest Hours is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of peril.
[quote]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.[/quote]
- Release Date: January 29, 2016
- Rating: PG-13
- Cast: Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz, Eric Bana
- Director: Craig Gillespie
- Producers: Jim Whitaker, Dorothy Aufiero
- Executive Producer: Doug Merrifield
- Screenplay: Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson
- Based Upon The Book: Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias
- Studio: Walt Disney Studios