This review has taken me a while to do. The movie came just as summer holidays were starting for the kids and things got busy. One day lead into the next and the crazy was over running my life. I finally got the chance to sit down and watch The Finest Hours yesterday during a few quiet moments in the afternoon and I am glad I did. Before I give you my thoughts on the movie here is the synopsis in case you live in a box like I do and didn’t know what the movie was about until someone told you about it ;).
About the Movie
Available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital HD on May 24th
This heroic action-thriller is based on the extraordinary true story of the greatest small-boat rescue in Coast Guard history. In 1952, a massive winter storm strikes off the coast of Cape Cod, ripping a T-2 oil tanker in half and trapping more than 30 sailors inside its rapidly sinking stern. When word of the disaster reaches the U.S. Coast Guard, four men led by Captain Bernie Webber (Chris Pine) set out in a 12-seat boat on a daring mission to rescue the stranded men, braving freezing cold, 60-foot waves, and hurricane-force winds, and guided by Webber’s vow that “We all live, or we all die.” Packed with thrilling, larger-than-life action and anchored in a belief in the strength of the human spirit, The Finest Hours is a triumph.
I often enjoy watching movies based on true events whether they are completely accurate or not. (Side note I’m not saying it’s not accurate, I’m just making a statement of fact) While this particular movie is fairly slow progressing and not as action packed as I was expecting given the storyline, I still enjoyed it. It was a good story with some great moments of heroism by the title character played by Chris Pine. I wasn’t too fussy on Chris Pine’s character, I found him too mousy and hard to watch at times, he just seemed awkward.
The nice thing about it is it’s relatively family friendly. There are some scenes that aren’t suitable for younger kids but i would likely let my 9 and 11 year-olds watch it if I thought they’d enjoy it. I think my 11-year-old would enjoy it but I don’t think my 9-year-old would but I’m basing that on their personalities and not their ability to understand or handle the film.
So did you watch The Finest Hours? What did you think?