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My sister was in town recently and thanks to her love and my love of the movies, it was time to get reacquainted with my neighborhood Redbox and catch up on some films that she and I hadn’t seen.
I will post reviews of two others in the coming days. The first review is the movie “The Finest Hours” which was released in late January from Walt Disney Pictures. The film, directed by Craig Gillespie, is based on the 1952 United States Coast Guard rescue of the SS Pendleton, which split apart during a nor’easter off the New England coast.
The special effects of “The Finest Hours” showing the powerful storm and the struggle of what’s left of the SS Pendleton and her remaining crew are excellent. But the strength of the film is that the special effects don’t overshadow the characters and you can’t say that about every movie.
The most familiar faces in the cast are Chris Pine of “Star Trek” fame who plays Boatswain’s Mate First Class Bernie Webber who led the rescue party. The only boat he could get was designed to carry 12. He would have carry 32 back to safety.
Casey Affleck plays Ray Sybert, the engineer of the SS Pendleton who shows a cool head in trying to keep the remaining portion of the ship afloat. Eric Bana plays Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Clubb, Webber’s commander. All three are solid in their roles, especially Affleck, although Pine could have toned down his imitation of a Boston accent just a notch.
“The Finest Hours” is the story of people of courage who face a daunting task and overwhelming odds that they will come back alive from trying to accomplish that task. The film accomplished its mission in telling that story.

Rating — ***