If you liked The Perfect Storm, then give The Finest Hours a look. (by DarkVulcan29)
Takes place in the early 1950's where a giant storm dominates the seas by breaking a tanker truck in half, with only a few hours left to survive, the crew id does what they can survive. A rescue ship is sent to try and get to them, but the question is will they ? I love the early 50's look, it captures it so perfectly. Everybody gives a good performance, almost nobody stands out. The storms scenes are also well shot, you'll feel caught up in the storm also. It keeps you on the edge of your seat. It's easy to compare this to The Perfect storm 2000 , it has the same feel to it. <more>
Loved this movie, the whole family will love this pulse pounding roller coaster (by marksmithz)
This director has pushed the bounds of new camera angles. The story was brought to life in a very dramatic way.A story about people who run into burning buildings when were all running out. Told in a new novel way, that draws you in.This movie riveted me to the seat, read the amazon reviews for the book...same thing.I've been very suspicious of Disney movies recently and will only let my kids watch them after I've seen them. This movie is safe for the family, a little to intense for the young. But it is the way movies should be made to create role models for the youth to emulate. Real <more>
Men, Real Heroes I believe there is a move to discredit movies like this.I'm been on sail boats in waves 1/4 the size in this movie and I was wondering if I was going to make it.
One of the Best Movies I Have Ever Seen (by dtphoenix)
I walked into this movie looking for a good adventure/drama and walked out believing in miracles. First, this tanker breaks in half directly in the middle of a tank causing very little damage to the water-tight bulk-head. Second, a young Coast Guardsman does the near impossible and not only gets his boat out of the harbor, but does so without losing any of his men. Third, without a compass, stars or visibility he finds the Pendleton's stern. Fourth, the tanker has ended up on a shoal making the coast guard boat the only that that has to be maneuvered around if I understand correctly a <more>
little movie-license was taken here as the crew was actually trying to stay off the shoals . Fifth, 33 men climbed down the ladder in near impossible conditions, dropping into either the boat or water and only 1 was lost. Sixth, a boat designed to carry a crew of 4 with 12 passengers where an experienced crewman estimated the most they could hold was 22 actually carried 36 people. And finally, without any navigational aide the massively over-loaded boat made it back into the bay and to the town's dock - without losing one person along the way. If I didn't know it was a true story I would have thought I was watching somebodies over-done imagination. But each of the above items is true and did happen. Forget the incredibly great special effects, the story alone is worth going to see.
A very good movie... but with Disney's stigma (by maat-33737)
It's really a shame that good movies like this one, and based on true events, are not received as is deserve. This is a good movie, great scenes in the sea, emotion, suspense, and with a love story very well embedded, like Titanic did it, even when this time it is not the center of the story for good . And even more amazing, is that the real story has enough heroism... all of us know that sometimes scripts are adjusted for the big screen sometimes to dramatize more than the necessary .But the main problem is the stigma of being a Disney movie. Disney has accustomed the moviegoers to sea <more>
monsters or a funny guy like Sparrow, walking like he was drunk in the crucial moments unfortunately, for a lot of people, that is a generalized idea when they listen Disney... sometimes bad movies without any kind of message, and just for kids .But no, Disney has confirmed, and most recently, that they know how to make good movies, and not just movies like "Frozen"; don't get me wrong, Frozen is an excellent movie I really liked , but is a very different movie. In fact, my disappointment is that "The Finest Hours" reminds me of course with a totally different plot, another great movie of Disney which bet to originality, and which unfortunately was not appreciated as had to be: Tomorrowland... a gem very underrated in fact, I think until now, Tomorrowland is the best Disney movie outside the animated jewels that they posses, because the originality of their story and its message .Maybe they need a new brand for the promotion of really good movies like this one, or another kind of publicity, or a different approach to the audience, because the Disney brand is resulting a bad reference for the promotion of some of their greatest films.My final thought is: If you like an adventure movie and with the human touch, you must watch this movie.
The movie has three main threads: 1. the coast guard's efforts to save the tanker 2.the chief engineer's efforts to save his ship 3.Miriam's efforts to see her loverIf the beginning is slow and too romantic for my taste, after the introduction the movie starts building the tension. The visual effects are mostly toward the design of the waves and the dynamics of the motion. Imagine if the oil tanker's bulk seems diminished against the vastness off the sea, how did the small rescue boat look! The cast was good, several of them even looked like the real characters. The main <more>
actors all three of them did a great job by transmitting their feelings, the pain, the despair, the courage and the love.
I found enough that was fascinating in it, both in the characters and the action - each scene gave my imagination time enough to roam and wonder. There were certainly gripping moments, both with the action and the emotional, and even the sweet romantic clichés worked as intended. Characters: They were period-fascinating, offering enough variety to engage one's wonder, and they were quite believable in character - I was taken back to those times in several ways. Action: Bring a winter coat - just watching the cold and frozen scenes will chill you to the bone. Story Line: They took a few <more>
liberties in order to place more focus on the main characters - I did not notice, but those who had read up on the story did, and it will be those people who will drag you to go see it. I don't regret going - it is the kind of movie that will define a region, time, and people for you that you probably will never visit for the rest of your life.
This film starts kinda slow and unrelated to the story you expect to see and it is rather slow paced at the beginning, but soon it gets more packed with action and rests until the end.I enjoyed the film. It was even touching at the end. The fact that it is based on the true story does give it a plus. The breaking of a ship two, in fact in haft because of the storm was really wow! I really got into the scene when they showed the first breaking of the ship. It was intense and really well done. I guess I liked those scenes which were filmed inside of the ship and all the hard work being <more>
done to prevent the sinking of it that caught my attention the most and the ones I really enjoyed. However, the relations between the sailors in the ship and at the land were somewhat superficially done and yes, you get that some of them are not liking each other, but, why is that is not rally explained and I though it should have been The love story that also goes parallel to the disaster at sea is sometimes sweet but most of the time is kinda blah and maybe it should have been cut in entirety from the film. It does add something to the film, but not that much in reality. But I guess it is important as it is one of the true facts.All in all, not bad. I give it a rating eight!
Based on a true story in all its terrifying detail (by rannynm)
The Finest Hours is a Walt Disney film that is filled with much determination that captivates your mind on a realistic approach of being in the ocean on a boat wondering if you will survive. This moved me because you have to be a thinker, organizer and strategist in order to achieve the obstacles that you will be encountering. I really loved this movie because it is in 3D which makes everything appear to be coming right at you and you feel like you are a part of the film, especially during the ocean scenes. This film is based on a true story and it is filled with action, drama and history. <more>
The director, Craig Gillespie draws you into this film by his realistic portrayal of events. One of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast struck New England in February 1952. It damaged an oil tanker off the coast of Cape Cod and literally ripped it in half. On a small lifeboat faced with frigid temperatures and 70-foot high waves, four members, Bernie Weber Chris Pine , Ben Foster Richard Livesey , Andy Fitzgerald Kyle Gallner and Ervin Maske John Magaro of the Coast Guard set out to rescue the more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard the rapidly-sinking vessel. The captain gives the orders and sends them out to accomplish the goal.My favorite part of this movie is when Bernie Weber and his fellow crew members set out to find the people on the sinking ship. They lose connection with the captain and also lose their compass. The crew members want Bernie to turn back around, but he says, "no point". Bernie just keeps on going to see if he can find any type of vessel. He becomes obstinate and passionate about his Coast Guard duty.The setting is a 1950s snowy and cold day with distinguished vintage cars the town people drive. The women's dress is classy and stylish and they definitely make a statement upon arrival to any event. I recommend this film for ages 12 to 18 and I give it 5 out of 5 Stars because it is action-packed with some romance and tense moments. Younger audiences may not understand and might be scared. Reviewed by Tre'ana H., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. For more film reviews by youth, go to kidsfirst dot org.
This film will give you and your family two of the finest hours you'll spend in a theater this year. (by dave-mcclain)
Coasties get no respect. At least, not as much as soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines get. Even the word may sound derogatory to an outsider, but coastie is actually the most widely accepted term for Coast Guardsmen. Less complimentary terms include the "Navy National Guard", "the Navy's little sister" and "puddle pirates". See? No respect. Even though the roots of the U.S. Coast Guard go back to 1790 and its current missions make it as valuable in peacetime as in wartime, and its focus is jobs that none of the other armed services undertake regularly if <more>
at all , few people know much about coasties. I blame the movies. There aren't very many Coast Guard movies out there. 2006's "The Guardian" is the only one I could think of before 2016's "The Finest Hours" PG-13, 1:57 , which really is an "incredible true story"! In this film, Chris Pine takes a break from the bridge of the Starship Enterprise to captain a much smaller ship, but one in no less danger than his ship in the "Star Trek" movies. Pine plays Boatswain's Mate First Class Bernard Webber, stationed in Chatham, Massachusetts in the early 1950s. As a coastie, he's very capable, but meek. As a man, he's handsome, but shy. Nevertheless, Bernie rises to any occasion when presented with a challenge. He wins the heart of a pretty and assertive local girl named Miriam Holliday Grainger and soon they're engaged. On the day that Bernie plans to officially notify his commanding officer Eric Bana that he's getting married, he gets sent out into a nor'easter to rescue about three dozen merchant mariners whose ship was one of two disabled in this especially severe winter storm.The ship in question is the oil tanker, SS Pendleton. Due to a series of unfortunate events so bad that they'd make Lemony Snicket shudder, Ray Sybert Casey Affleck , the Pendleton's engineer, ends up leading the efforts of the crew in trying to notify someone of the ship's location and keeping it afloat long enough for the men to be rescued. Ray has to contend with the ship's greatly diminished capabilities, the rising water inside the ship and the members of the crew who strongly disagree on the best course of action. Fortunately, Ray has on his side Seaman Wallace Quirey John Ortiz , the ship's jovial and hulking cook Abraham Benrubi and an old salt named Frank Fauteux Graham McTavish , but their loyalty only helps so much – especially in this weather! As the men on the Pendleton are fighting for survival, Bernie is fighting to get to them in time, and Miriam is doing what she can from the shore. Bernie can only find three other men to accompany him on what some openly call "a suicide mission". Without telling Miriam that he's going, he sets out with Seaman Richard Livesey Ben Foster , Engineman Third Class Andrew Fitzgerald Kyle Gallner and Seaman Ervin Maske John Magaro on a motorized lifeboat meant to hold no more than 12 men. How these four men in this small boat are going to make it through this storm over a major sand bar, find the Pendleton and rescue up to 41 men are the serious problems facing Boatswain Bernard Webber's crew."The Finest Hours", based on the book of the same name, and as produced by Walt Disney Pictures, is an excellent, if not completely accurate tale of heroism. First of all, you're struck with how incomprehensibly gutsy simply undertaking this rescue mission was for Webber and his crew – and how utterly hopeless the situation seemed for Sybert and his seafaring comrades. It's simply great storytelling. Part of the story's effectiveness lies with the important role Miriam and her impending marriage to Bernie play in the story. Although Bernie and Miriam did marry in real life, much about their relationship and her role in the events portrayed has been fabricated for dramatic purposes. It feels like unnecessary embellishment of an already dramatic story.The acting is one of this film's additional strengths. I feel that this was one of Casey Affleck's best roles and finest performances to date. Pine is very good, but having him play a good-looking guy who is insecure about his looks seemed a little silly. The rest of the cast is solid, as is the directing of the little-known but versatile Craig Gillespie, and the quality of the writing in this adaptation by Eric Johnson, Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy. The gale-force visual effects are the best this side of 2000's "The Perfect Storm", while the 3D, and, if you have access to them, D-Box seats, really enhance the experience. This film tells a relatively simple story and feels a little old fashioned, but that's part of its charm. Come to think of it, with its complete absence of sexual content or mano-a-mano violence and its light use of adult language, "The Finest Hours" also works very well as a family film. This movie will give you two of the finest hours that you and/or your family are likely to have watching a movie this year. "A-"