The Finest Hours (2016)


Drama | History


Craig Gillespie




Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Holliday Grainger, Ben Foster, Eric Bana, Graham McTavish, Kyle Gallner, Michael Raymond-James, John Magaro, Abraham Benrubi, Keiynan Lonsdale, John Ortiz, Beau Knapp, Josh Stewart, Rachel Brosnahan, Matthew Maher, Benjamin Koldyke


On a small lifeboat faced with frigid temperatures and 70-foot high waves, four members of the Coast Guard set out to rescue more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard a rapidly-sinking vessel.


Honestly, until 5 minutes ago I didn't know this was a Disney film, but while watching it I could sense there was something wrong with it because Craig Gillespie, the director of the beautiful "Lars and the Real Girl", doing something like this, just didn't seem right. That being said, I didn't even have any kind of expectation for the film - I'm not gonna lie to you, I watched it for Chris Pine only and that's probably the reason it managed to disappoint me.

"The Finest Hours" is a mostly tedious drama that occasionally manages to be a little engaging and tense.

I couldn't care less if the film is based on a true story, whatever the film is trying to tell, it doesn't do it properly. Instead of presenting one story, the film presents three intersecting stories, two of which are completely unappealing.

The good one revolves around Casey Affleck's character, and it's set aboard the doomed ship in the storm. This story is engaging, and will have you on the edge of your seat with its action and tension. Also it gives Affleck the chance to shine, and boy he does. He delivers one of the best, if not the best, performances of his career as the engineer who is trying to save the crew's lives.

The two bad stories revolve around Chris Pine's character, that's why I was disappointed. One is a pointless, and utterly uninteresting romance between Pine's character and a local girl who seems to be the one wearing pants in the couple. The other one is about Pine's character, the hero of the story, set out on a mission to rescue the sailors trapped on the ship. The latter could have been the most suspenseful and gripping story if only it was told properly. Also Pine gives a mediocre performances - Captain Kirk is probably the only captain he should play.

1 comment :

  1. Aw man, I spotted your review in my blog feed and thought 'Oooh, a Chris Pine movie I haven't seen yet!' and now I don't think I can bring myself to watch it :( Great review, though!
    - Allie