The Finest Hours: Thrilling and Inspirational!
By Jen Miyagishima
The Finest Hours is a film based on historical events that took place in New England in 1952. In the beginning, we are introduced to Bernie Webber (Chris Pine), a captain in the U.S. Coast Guard and Miriam (Holliday Grainger), a young woman who works as a telephone operator. What starts out as a double date, gradually grows into something more. Bernie is a man of few words, brooding and introspective. Miriam, on the other hand, is a strong, independent woman who doesn’t shy away from challenging someone (more on that later).
Meanwhile a storm is brewing. It’s not just any storm though – it is a massive storm that splits the SS Pendleton in two, trapping more than 30 sailors inside the tanker’s sinking stern! Panic ensues, fights break out among the men and the sailors squabble about whether to jump ship into the tanker’s lifeboats or remain on board. Lead engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) quietly steps up to the task of leading the sailors and coming up with a strategy that will keep their half of the boat afloat until they can hopefully be rescued.
As word of the disaster reaches the Coast Guard in Chatham, Massachusetts, Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana) orders a daring rescue mission. There is much debate among the men in the Coast Guard office as to which direction they should approach the SS Pendleton. Do they go the long way around, which is essentially an easier route or do they take a more direct course that requires “crossing the bar” but is more dangerous? Bernie is very committed to his job, having a strong sense of honor and duty. So he doesn’t flinch when he is ordered by Cluff to take three men on a lifeboat to try and save the crew of the SS Pendleton.
When Miriam finds out that Bernie is ordered out on the dangerous waters, she comes barging into the Coast Guard office and gives Cluff a piece of her mind. She certainly has reason to be afraid because as you can see, the waters are very treacherous and who knows if any of the men will make it back!
Based on the extraordinary true story of the most daring rescue in the history of the Coast Guard, Disney’s THE FINEST HOURS storms into theaters in Digital 3D (TM) and IMAX (c) 3D on January 29, 2016.
There are great visuals in the movie and it was amazing to watch – you really feel like you’re on the boat with them! The chemistry between the lead actors is very believable and the supporting cast is great. I found the movie to be very inspirational and thrilling!
The Finest Hours opens in theatres today, January 29th!
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About the Author
Jennifer Miyagishima writes and edits the blog, Real Mom of SFV. Written from the perspective of living in Los Angeles by way of the San Fernando Valley, she covers food, fitness, motherhood, pop culture and events happening in the San Fernando Valley, Ventura County and the Los Angeles metro area.
Disclosure: I was invited by Disney to attend a media preview of the movie which helped facilitate this review. Images used with permission from Walt Disney Studios. Opinions are 100% my own.