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The Finest Hours

  • Film
  • 3 out of 5 stars
The Finest Hours
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

The true story of a 1952 Cape Cod blizzard and heroic sea rescue gets solid if square treatment

Fifteen years after ‘The Perfect Storm’, are we ready once again to plunge into icy offshore waters? Even though ‘The Finest Hours’ – about a real-life sea rescue in 1952 – has truth and honest-to-God heroism on its side, its fake-looking computerised squall is a turn-off.

Among the movie’s mostly undistinguished performances, only ‘Star Trek’ star Chris Pine and the always-interesting Casey Affleck stand out. Pine plays rookie coast guard Bernie Webber, piloting a tugboat to rescue the crew of a capsized oil tanker. Affleck, aboard the stranded vessel, is a quizzically quiet engine man whose cool head and technical solutions (one of them demonstrated with a hard-boiled egg) eventually come to impress the other men.

But despite the built-in suspense, the film’s a wash-out, ladling on camera lurches, foamy spray and dangling-ladder escapes. You never quite shake the sensation that you’re watching a big-budget screensaver – no one ever seems in actual jeopardy, even as the sea rises in a furious, digitally rendered chop.

Joshua Rothkopf
Written by
Joshua Rothkopf

Release Details

  • Release date:Friday 19 February 2016
  • Duration:117 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Craig Gillespie
  • Screenwriter:Eric Johnson, Paul Tamasy, Scott Silver
  • Cast:
    • Chris Pine
    • Eric Bana
    • Ben Foster
    • Casey Affleck
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