The Finest Hours Review

The Plot

On Feb. 18, 1952, a massive storm splits the SS Pendleton in two, trapping more than 30 sailors inside the tanker’s sinking stern. Engineer Ray Sybert bravely takes charge to organize a strategy for his fellow survivors.

As word of the disaster reaches the Coast Guard in Chatham, Mass., Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff orders a daring rescue mission. Despite the ferocious weather, coxswain Bernie Webber takes three men on a lifeboat to try and save the crew against seemingly impossible odds.

The Verdict

This movie is based on a true story and I had no idea what happened. So being clueless was the best thing ever because midway through the film, I had my own guesses on how the movie might end.

I was wrong on all counts.

True stories are always interesting, this movie starts out as a period romance and slowly develops into a doomed rescue mission. The graphics are amazing, in fact you should watch it in 3D to really enjoy the towering waves.

I really enjoyed watching Chris Pine’s acting because I’m so used to seeing him take on “playboy” or “wise crack” and “rebel” type of roles but in this film, he’s a shy, mild mannered man who plays by the book. Always follows protocol and has a constant worried look. Sort of lacking in confidence and knows he’s competent enough to do the job.

Casey Affleck is another who stole the show. A socially awkward boat genius of sorts who tries to keep the crew on the broken half of the oil tanker alive. His ideas aren’t always well received but he doesn’t care. It’s only later we learn that he’s hiding his own fears to remain calm and composed.

These guys took on roles outside of their comfort zones which are think will change your impression of them as actors.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I have to admit that I walked into the cinema with no expectations and found myself at the edge of my seat during the climax of the film where the crew was being rescued.

The Finest Hours opens in Cinemas 18 Feb 2016

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