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The Finest Hours

Out Of Theatre
05 Feb, 2016 1 hr 58 mins U
Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Eric Bana, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz, Graham McTavish
What really works for Finest Hours is the way Gillespie and the effects team recreate the sound and fury of the stormy sea.

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Story: Set in 1952, the film retells the story of the most daring rescue mission the US Coast Guard has undertaken. Two oil tankers are caught in a massive gale off Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Both ships - the SS Fort Mercer and the SS Pendleton, are broken in half after being pounded by massive waves. The Coast Guard send out some of their bravest men on an almost impossible rescue attempt.

Review: The plot of this film is fairly straightforward by itself. While seasoned seamen are stranded in the gale, staring death in the face, it's a miracle that they're still alive and that the shattered Pendleton is even afloat. It's only able crewman Ray's (Affleck) resourcefulness that has kept them from death. Daniel Cluff (Bana) is Coast Guard sailor Bernie Webber's (Pine) Warrant Officer.

Everyone at the Coast Guard station is aghast when Cluff sends Bernie out on this crazy rescue mission. And that too, on a motorboat that can only just about hold 20 people. Bernie is crazy enough to attempt it, even though he might not survive it. This bothers his girlfriend Miriam (Grainger) a lot, who spends much of the movie frantically driving down icy roads and barging into the Coast Guard HQ to anxiously enquire about her boyfriend.

What really works for Finest Hours is the way Gillespie and the effects team recreate the sound and fury of the stormy sea. The scale of the waves is made pretty apparent when we see it in relation to Bernie's tiny rescue craft. This, along with the shots inside the Pendleton, conveys the sense of anxiety and fear that the sailors feel, as they struggle against all odds. Apart from the CGI ocean waves, of note are a few tracking shot sequences inside the ship. But what seems really awkward here is the chemistry between Bernie and Miriam. The love story angle could easily have been left out. Pine though, is in his element as the resolute rescuer. His character is heroic, but in the strong, silent kind of way. Enjoy movies about daring rescues? Go watch this.
Avg Users’ Rating 3.2/5 ( 89 users )
Debanshu Roy
great movie to watch of a daring rescue, amazing visual effects !
Sundar Raj
Good Movie !!
Khushbu Patel
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