Last week, my family went to see the screening of The Finest Hours. Prior to viewing, I didn't know a lot about the movie. I was a bit worried it was going to be too scary for my kids (age 10 and 13), thankfully, it wasn't. On the ride home, we discussed the movie. My 13 yo said it was her new favorite movie. My husband and I discussed the aspects of it being a true story and how we had some questions and needed to research the facts more when we got home. Which we did, and then we discussed it further. A few things we realized was that Disney made an action packed thrilling movie without blood and gore or bad language. It kept our attention throughout the entire movie. We fell in love with the characters. Yes, I am sure there was animation, but nothing over the top or unbelievable. We saw the movie in 3D and during the viewing, I forgot we were watching in 3D - a good sign of how to use the technology to benefit the movie rather than for sensationalism. (at first, there was a few focus, out of focus film techniques that I noted that didn't add to the scenes.) The film did a great job of taking you back in time and placing you into the story.
A heroic action-thriller, “The Finest Hours” is the remarkable true story of the most daring rescue mission in the history of the Coast Guard. Presented in Digital 3D™, Real D 3D and IMAX® 3D, the film will transport audiences to the heart of the action, creating a fully-immersive cinematic experience on an epic scale. On February 18, 1952, a massive nor’easter struck New England, pummeling towns along the Eastern seaboard and wreaking havoc on the ships caught in its deadly path, including the SS Pendleton, a T-2 oil tanker bound for Boston, which was literally ripped in half, trapping more than 30 sailors inside its rapidly-sinking stern. As the senior officer on board, first assistant engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) soon realizes it is up to him to take charge of the frightened crew and inspire the men to set aside their differences and work together to ride out one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast. Meanwhile, as word of the disaster reaches the U.S. Coast Guard station in Chatham, Massachusetts, Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana) orders a daring operation to rescue the stranded men. Despite overwhelming odds, four men, led by Coast Guard Captain Bernie Webber (Chris Pine), set out in a wooden lifeboat with an ill-equipped engine and little, if any, means of navigation, facing frigid temperatures, 60-foot high waves and hurricane-force winds.
Disney’s “The Finest Hours” is the unforgettable story of the Coast Guard’s courageous mission, which is directed by Craig Gillespie and stars: Chris Pine; Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee Casey Affleck; Ben Foster; Holliday Grainger; John Ortiz; and Eric Bana. Produced by Jim Whitaker and Dorothy Aufiero, the screenplay is by Oscar® nominee Scott Silver and Oscar nominees Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson based on the acclaimed non-fiction book of the same name by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias. Doug Merrifield serves as executive producer. “The Finest Hours” storms into U.S. theaters on January 29, 2016 in Digital 3D™, Real D 3D and IMAX® 3D.
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U.S. Release date: January 29, 2016