The Finest Hours

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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.



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Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias' book detailing a daring 1952 Coast Guard rescue off the New England seaboard comes to the screen in this Disney film produced by Jim Whitaker (Take Me Home Tonight, The Odd Life of Timothy Green). James Tamasy and Eric Johnson team to pen the screenplay. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Chris Pine
as Bernie Webber
Casey Affleck
as Ray Sybert
Ben Foster
as Richard Livesey
Eric Bana
as Daniel Cluff
Josh Stewart
as Tchuda Southerland
John Ortiz
as Seaman Wallace Quirey
Kyle Gallner
as Andy Fitzgerald
Graham McTavish
as Frank Fauteux
Rachel Brosnahan
as Bea Hansen
John Magaro
as Ervin Maske
Abraham Benrubi
as Tiny Myers
Keiynan Lonsdale
as Eldon Hanan
Beau Knapp
as Mel Gouthro
Kristen Annese
as Principal Dancer
Larry Eudene
as Pendleton Crew #3 Whistle Blower
Matthew Maher
as Carl Nickerson
London Hall
as Fisherman's Wife
Patrick Walsh
as Pendleton Crew #1
Alexander Cook
as John Stello
Kate Jurdi
as Dancer
Karl Carlo Green
as Driver/Dancer
John Gigliotti
as U.S. Coast Guard
Jesse Gabbard
as Domingo Garcia
Steve Rasetta
as Seaman #4
Justin Blanchard
as Wayne Wilson - Hi Hat Dancer
Kate Crowley
as Local Town Folk #1
Roberto Lopez
as Pendleton Crew #2
Robert Glenn
as Reporter #2
Angela Hope Smith
as Catherine Paine
Jay Street
as Seaman #5
Harley Harrison
as Seaman #6
George J. Vezina
as Chatham Fisherman
Michael Marchand
as Bangs Crew Coast Guard
Gene Harrison
as Pendelton Crew Member #5
Nicholas Varga
as Close Up on the Dock!
Lance Norris
as Fisherman
Bobby Kenney
as Townfolk
Polly Pillsbury
as Local Townsfolk #2
Michael Maggiani
as Bell Telephone Supervisor
Trevor Dylan
as Party Guest (as Trevor Benoit)
Rachel Ramey
as Featured Dancer
Savannah Rae Allen
as Eliza (Soda Fountain Waitress)
John Vincent Mason
as Pendelton Crew #6
Joseph Aubrey II
as Paramedic on Dock
Joseph Aubrey II
as Paramedic on Dock
Thomas Brogan
as Townsfolk #3
Savanna Young
as Norris-Townsfolk
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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:

Luke Andrews
Luke Andrews

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Despite great special effects, the script is a wreck and the talented cast give completely underwhelming performances. Drowning in silly Disney naivety and sentimentality, this project should have been scuttled before it ran aground on the big screen.

Christian C
Christian C

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Everyone does their best "quiet and unassuming" in this Disney heroic family paean to whitebread. Within those limits, and using that crazy CGI tech to simulate kra-kra-crazy waterworks, a simple story, simply told. Nothing offensive here (excepting the idea of hiding in plain sight that yer being offensive), move along, move along. I enjoyed the actors, especially Bana, working their accents.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Going into "The Finest Hours," I was very hesitant, as the trailers gave away a lot of the film. I was able to forgive that this time as this is based on a true story and many people may already know what happens. Being produced by Disney, I expected a lot of schmaltz, and even though it is there to get the tears jerking, it is very effective. Bernie Webber (Chris Pine) leads an unlikely crew of four men as they are out to rescue the crew of a ship that has split in half. Cutting back and forth between the two boats was very intense and put me on the edge of my seat. Sadly, that is not the only focus of the film. As the audience finally get's swept up in this epic story of survival and rescue, the film cut back to shore where we follow Bernie's girlfriend, worried and desperate to help. Instead she slides her car into snow banks and does uninteresting things to pad out the running time. Overall, this is a very effective film and by the end, the moments with his girlfriend on shore end up being worth while, so it is forgivable. Is this the most memorable film of all time? No, but if you want to go to the theatre for some good-ol'-fashioned escapism, this may be the film for you. A very enjoyable adventure that has familiar elements throughout the entire picture.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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