Based on a true story The Finest Hours takes us back to 1952 when one of the worst ever storms hits the East Coast of New England. Off the coast of Cape Cod a tanker is badly damaged and quite literally torn in half. Knowing that the men aboard have no chance of survival if help isn’t got to them a four man Coast Guard crew led by Bernie Webber battles against the odds and incredibly fearsome conditions to rescue the 32 men still on board.
A truly heart pounding at times story of man vs nature. Well made, especially the battering storm sequences and with a couple of strong lead performances from Chris Pine as the Coast Guard pilot who has something to prove following a disaster in which lives were lost the previous year and Casey Affleck as Ray Sybert, the engineer on the crippled boat who comes up with a plan to give the men on the boat longer odds of survival.
A subplot involving Bernie’s romance with a girl called Miriam drags a little but only a little.
“We all live, or we all die.”
USA / Disney / 2016
Writers: Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson / Book: Casey Sherman, Michael J. Tougias / Director: Craig Gillespie
Chris Pine as Bernie Webber
Casey Affleck as Ray Sybert
Ben Foster as Richard Livesey
Eric Bana as Daniel Cluff
Holliday Grainger as Miriam
John Ortiz as Wallace Quirey
Kyle Gallner as Andy Fitzgerald
John Magaro as Ervin Maske
Graham McTavish as Frank Fauteux
Michael Raymond-James as D.A. Brown
Beau Knapp as Mel Gouthro
Josh Stewart as Tchuda Southerland
Abraham Benrubi as George ‘Tiny’ Myers
Keiynan Lonsdale as Eldon Hanan
Rachel Brosnahan as Bea Hansen