The Finest Hours

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The Finest Hours

Craig Gillespie (2015)

12A Certificate


Our Score
A daring real-life sea rescue off Cape Cod in 1952 inspired this effects-enabled disaster movie, with Chris Pine as the square-jawed Coast Guard sailor who leads his men into the mountainous surf. In its early stages director Craig Gillespie (Million Dollar Arm) makes slow headway trying to get us to share would-be fiancée Holliday Grainger's anxiety for her man's well-being - because Pine is so stoically determined, it seems unlikely any harm will come to him. That changes once the wind and waves get up and he's piloting a tiny boat out to rescue the crew stuck on the stern section of an oil tanker ripped in two by the ferocious storm. Although the characterisation in this Disney production is just a little too safe and sanitised, the movie becomes surprisingly gripping. We're watching digital rather than genuine sea spray, but the historical basis makes the drama powerful, as does Casey Affleck's brooding turn as the engineer on board the stricken tanker.


An oil tanker suffers devastating damage while caught in a fierce Atlantic storm, which breaks the vessel in two. While an engineer tries to keep the crew members trapped in the sinking wreckage alive, members of the Coast Guard brave the deadly conditions to come to their rescue. Fact-based disaster movie, starring Chris Pine, Casey Affleck and Eric Bana.

Cast & Crew

Bernie Webber Chris Pine
Ray Sybert Casey Affleck
Richard Livesey Ben Foster
Daniel Cluff Eric Bana
Miriam Holliday Grainger
Andy Fitzgerald Kyle Gallner
Frank Fauteux Graham McTavish
Mel Gouthro Beau Knapp
Tchuda Southerland Josh Stewart
Bea Hansen Rachel Brosnahan
Director Craig Gillespie
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Walt DisneyGuidance: Violence.Released on: 19 Feb 2016