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Movie Review: The Finest Hours

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The Coast Guard makes a daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952.

Brought to you by Disney and starring Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Eric Bana and Holliday Grainger, The Finest Hours is based on a true story. Now, when you put Disney and a true story together, it’s fair enough to say that the film will automatically be decent. Most recent true story Disney films are Saving Mr.Banks, Million Dollar Arm and McFarland, USA. Guess what? All decent or better films. So, you can never go wrong. So, how does The Finest Hours rank amongst those 3? Well, it’s somewhere in there.

If you’ve seen the trailer, you’re probably hoping for the majority of the film to be on the boat. At least that’s what I was hoping for. Unfortunately, it’s about 50-60% on the boat and the rest is a bit of a love story. Yes, I know. They need to build up the story and mix it up a little bit, but just imagine being on the edge of your seat for an entire film, waiting to see what happens to the boat and everyone on it. Well, you certainly get that feeling whenever the boat scenes are on, but it’s a bit of a snooze fest when it comes to everything else.

Chris Pine is supposed to the main star in The Finest Hours, but I thought Casey Affleck outperformed him. That’s not to say Pine wasn’t good or anything, he just didn’t really stand out. Ben Foster was alright, but Eric Bana’s role could’ve certainly been played by anyone else, but since Bana did nothing last year and Deliver Us from Evil was nothing to run home about in 2014, he was probably looking for a little pay day. Holliday Grainger’s character was a tad annoying, but bearable.

The visuals certainly brought The Finest Hours to another level. There were so many times where I thought to myself, “This looks so real, there’s no way they were in front of a green screen.” But then there were a few times where you could definitely tell. The soundtrack was great as well, making certain scenes really stand out more than others.

Overall, The Finest Hours is worth seeing.

Fun fact: The original Coast Guard lifeboat launch used to rescue the Pendleton survivors, CG36500, still exists and is maintained in perfect condition at Rock Harbor in Orleans, Massachusetts.

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