Chris Pine is on the rescue mission of a lifetime in ‘The Finest Hours.’ Should you head to the movies this weekend to see this epic movie? Here’s what the critics have to say!
Your newest disaster drama has arrived. The Finest Hours hit theaters on Jan. 29, and Chris Pine, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster go out to sea for one incredible and insane rescue mission. Will the movie leave you wanting more? The critics are weighing in!
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It’s a movie made for the kind of audiences who feel that movies aren’t made for them anymore — you know who you are. If you go, you might want to bring a raincoat… The heart of “The Finest Hours” is in its unfashionable belief that life is precious and duty is to be done. The best thing you can say about the movie is that it embarrasses neither the men of the Pendleton nor the men who risked their own lives to save them.
This true-life 1952 saga at sea doesn’t reinvent the genre or show off with nonstop bells and whistles. But The Finest Hours gets the job done, just like its central character…On the waves, The Finest Hours finally finds its sea legs and delivers an old-school adventure based on a heroic deliverance that deserves its day in the sun.
The whole cast and crew all put in a solid shift at the office making the movie, producing a perfectly entertaining, sometimes quite well-crafted disaster drama that nonetheless retreats from the memory almost as soon as the credits roll. The disappointing returns for Ron Howard’s recent seafaring saga “In the Heart of the Sea” should give the producers pause, but the film certainly offers enough to provide a modest-sized audience with some respite from the horrors of the January multiplex.
The heart of “The Finest Hours” cuts back and forth between Bernie and his crew and Sybert and his men, all desperately trying to stay alive and afloat in ferocious waves (especially effective in the film’s 3-D version) that would as soon kill you as look at you… The scenes of boats coping with all that howling weather were largely filmed in an enormous 80-foot-by-110-foot tank, which held 800,000 gallons of water. The actors were pummeled by rain towers, dump tanks and 200-horsepower fans creating ceaseless wind. The result couldn’t be more convincing, and in a film like “The Finest Hours,” that counts for a lot.
HollywoodLifers, will you go see The Finest Hours? Let us know!