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Old-fashioned to a fault, The Finest Hours will satisfy those seeking a traditional rescue drama - but may leave more adventurous viewers wanting more. Read critic reviews

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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.

Cast & Crew

Chris Pine
Bernie Webber
Ben Foster
Richard Livesey
John Ortiz
Seaman Wallace Quirey
Kyle Gallner
Andy Fitzgerald
John Magaro
Ervin Maske
Beau Knapp
Mel Gouthro
Eric Bana
Daniel Cluff
Graham McTavish
Frank Fauteux
Scott Silver
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Paul Tamasy
Screenwriter
Eric Johnson
Screenwriter
Doug Merrifield
Executive Producer
Carter Burwell
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  • Dec 18, 2016
    Based on the true story in 1952, The Finest Hours is about a US Coastguard station being deployed in an attempt to save a crew of an oil tanker that has split into two. The genre of biographical disaster movies is slowly becoming more saturated, particularly those with a serious perspective. The difference this time is that Disney has taken charge of the production which meant this film turned out to be an old-fashioned rescue drama that I thought was much needed. Firstly the cast was good, it was varied from veterans such as Eric Bana and Casey Affleck to more mainstream actors including Chris Pine and Ben Foster. Thankfully this film does not thrive of great performances, it is a visual story and director Craig Gillespie (Million Dollar Arm) knew this, hence the focus on great weather visuals and the destruction of the oil tanker. Pleasant effects but a few fully rendered human characters did not look great and did take away from the realism slightly. The story was very old-fashioned and I found that refreshing especially in 2016 where films try to be different for the sake of it. At the core, it's all about heroism and braving nature when the odds are against you, essentially human persistence and determination into saving other lives. The production design was great, the period setting of 1952 was well lifted. The beginning was standard character introductions, the middle was the rescue mission and the ending was the attempt at getting back in time. All of this being intertwined with a love story. That is where the problem lies, it is very mechanical and predictable. We have probably come to expect this from a Disney production but whilst I personally felt this was a good choice, some might be left wanting more. I mean it is nothing new, it's just a standard rescue story yet it's handled with such care that it is hard not to appreciate. The soundtrack was also well integrated, very traditional and reminded me of films from the 80's and 90's. The credits was a noteworthy part of the film in the fact that they show the photos of the crew and the coastguard station from 1952, definitely brings the additional realism that the film requires. Overall, The Finest Hours was a fine rescue drama with great visuals and a hearty story about heroism, although the old-fashioned pacing may leave viewers wanting more. - Review at: http://www.themoviediorama.com
    Luke A Super Reviewer
  • Oct 01, 2016
    It's getting harder to come up with introductions to these reviews. I don't feel that you can just head straight into your thoughts about the film. It's like a completely jarring, like a comedy film suddenly throwing you into melodrama without actually setting up properly first. I've never claimed to be good at this, there's many people here that do such a better job at actually writing some pretty damn well-thought out reviews and I don't actually do that. My stuff is more stream-of-consciousness. I write down what comes to mind. If it sounds good, then great, if it doesn't then just as well. As if you couldn't tell, this is a hobby for me. I do it because I find it fun and because it gives me something to do. Sometimes it becomes a bit of a chore in that I have to sit down and write a review when I don't really want to. I mean I don't have to do it, because it's not like I have a deadline, but I don't like to let movies pile up to where I have to review seven at a time or something, that would be considerably worse. I literally have no idea where that came from, but that's about enough for now. I don't have much to say about this film as it relates to actually going into much detail, but I thought this was a perfectly good, albeit old-school, little movie. And I don't mean that in a derogatory manner, it's just the way it is. But that old-fashioned approach definitely helped add more authenticity to this. It's obviously not a film from the 50s, as if you couldn't tell, but it's about as close as it's gonna get to, as it relates to style and performance, as you're gonna get without travelling back in time to that era. But, if i'm being honest, I felt that this movie should have been more than good, especially considering the fact that it's based on an incredible real-life story. The film is certainly good and Bernie and his crew's journey to save the crew of the oil tanker that ripped in two led to some pretty intense moments, but the movie never really kicks it up to a higher level. I don't wanna say that I didn't care for the characters, but there's no real depth to any of them. And there's no problem with that, since the story is all about the rescue. But, at the same time, there's no real emotional attachment to any of them. It's not like you'd be indifferent to their deaths, but it wouldn't really hit you either. And I think that that is what the movie was missing. Of course, I'm not even close to suggesting that this was a bad movie, but it was just missing an element that would have made it great. But, and I say this often with movies based on real-life stories, this would have made an even better documentary, if you could have gotten interviews with the real people. Of course, maybe there's one out there and I just haven't heard of it. But I think you would've gotten a lot of insight. Though the movie does do a great job at making the journey to the oil tanker as horrifying as humanly possible. I've never been a fan of the sea as it is and this movie sort of reinforces that dislike. The acting is strong, no complaints there. And the film offers enough thrills to counteract the fact that the story doesn't go as in depth as it probably could have. Though, again, it probably wasn't intended to be anything more than just a basic 'action/adventure' with an incredible real-life story attached to it. This is a good movie, just don't go in expecting anything more than that.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Sep 23, 2016
    The Finest Hours is a thrilling disaster film about the one of the most daring rescue missions in American Coast Guard history. In 1952 two cargo ships were split in half by a deadly storm off the coast of New England, and while the crew of one of the ships struggled to keep afloat a rescue team fought against impossibly odds to get to them. Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, and Eric Bana lead the cast and give fairly decent performances. And the special effects are incredibly good, creating some amazing scenes of the cargo ship's destruction and rescue ship's fight to climb the ocean waves. But the writing is rather weak, and doesn't really develop the characters very well. Still, The Finest Hours is a fascinating story about the strength of human spirit to persevere and overcome adversity.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 02, 2016
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    Anthony L Super Reviewer

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