Director: Craig Gillespie
Producers: Jim Whitaker, Dorothy Aufiero
Writers: Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson
Cast: Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz, Eric Bana
Based Upon: The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue
by Michael J. Tougias & Casey Sherman
Plot: Off Cape Cod an oil tanker splits in twain in the rough seas off the coast. The men on board scramble together to jury rig a tiller to hand steer the remaining half of the ship as close to shore as possible.
In the near by Coast Guard station a four man crew sets off to find that sinking ship in what the locals consider a suicide mission because of the violent and treacherous seas churned up by the winter storms.
This drama/action adventure has it all. A good cast, great effects and a well written story. I especially liked how they portrayed the seamen on ship as religious men who knew that prayers to God were called for in a time like this and that is what they did. Chris Pine played Bernie Webber the skipper of the rescue boat perfectly. This was no James T. Kirk this was a humble guy trying to do the right thing and save the stranded sailors as quickly and keep his crew safe too.
My verdict is break out the popcorn and sit down to a movie that you and yours will enjoy. Currently streaming on Netflix.