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The Finest Hours Review


Justin here. I'm reviewing The Finest Hours starring Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger, and Eric Bana. It is based on the true story about the 1952 coastguard rescue for the survivors of the SS Pendleton after it is split apart off the New England coast. Chris Pine plays Bernard Webber who falls in love with a woman named Miriam and plan to marry after he gets permission from the commander played by Eric Bana (who also assigns him the rescue mission). While plot A is going on, there is plot B going on with Casey Affleck's character Ray Sybert who tries to find a way with his men to receive help on the Pendleton. I might be one of the few that says this, but, I really did not like this film. It bored me really bad. I understand this is based on a true story that happened and I give respect to all the families to the brave men that served, but I feel like the whole plot could've been resolved within 25-30 minutes of the film. This was so plodded out with many scenes that kept dragging on and on to the point where I was just waiting for something epic to happen and there's only a small portion of it happening near the end. The story was so standard and incredibly bland that I just did not care at all what was happening. To me, the worst part was the contrived romance involving Chris Pine and Holliday Grainger's characters. They had no chemistry or any depth whatsoever. I felt bad for Chris Pine because he does well in other films I've seen him in, but here he is so hollow and there was nothing to his performance or character that I got into. I also really hated Eric Bana's character as the commanding officer. He was the most one dimensional commander that I've seen in a while. Plus his accent was all over the place trying to be Southern, Australian, and Massachussets all in one and it was irritating. Also, the CGI was way overused in a lot of scenes involving the rain and some of the wave parts. The only pros I have with this film is: Casey Affleck's performance, the production design that captures the 1950s, respect to the true events that the film covered, and the only small portion of the rescue that got intense for a moment, but then fell flat after that. I respect everyone's opinion who likes this film, but, to me this was such a snooze fest. I'm going to give this a 4/10.

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