The Finest Hours (2016)
In what is called the “greatest small boat rescue in coast guard history,” The Finest Hours follows Bernie Webber (Chris Pine) who worked for the coast guard near Cape Cod back in 1952. When an oil tanker splits in 2, leaving its crew of 22 in danger of drowning, Webber and 2 other men take a boat meant for 12 out in the frigid Massachusetts water and dares the unthinkable.
The Finest Hours is the kind of movie that means well and wants to tell a heroic story, but when it comes down to the execution, only the people who were affected by this story will feel the lasting effects. The Finest Hour suffers from something I like to call Hollywood. The story is drawn out to make it feel like more is going on than there actually is. Much of the drama I have to question as to what is real and what is added by “hollywood” to entertain and cause suspense. There are several scenes that could have been shorten or cut outright and I feel like this movie could have been better as a book. In fact, this is the kind of story I would rather be told in about 5 minutes (because that is about how long it would take for me to tell you what happens) than watch a 2 hour movie about something that is this predictable.
As far as a movie goes, the acting is descent and the characters are likeable, but I felt something lacking from the production as a whole. It felt like I was watching a made-for-tv movie that had added drama that was unnecessary. The Finest Hours isn’t a horrible movie, however, often I found myself wanting the movie to get to the point and be over. We all knew what was going to happen and it took a while for it to get there. This is something I would say to get as a rental. Co-starring Ben Foster, Eric Bana, Casey Affleck, Holliday Gringer, John Ortiz, Kyle Gallner, John Magaro, Graham McTavish, and Abraham Benrubi.
5/10 Stars – The Finest Hour means well, but it is too long for a story that is so simple. Too many “hollywood” moments for my liking.