"Daring Rescue Requires Prayer and Sacrifice"
THE FINEST HOURS shows the Coast Guard coming to the rescue when a terrible storm in 1952 causes an oil tanker to break in half. Thoroughly riveting and suspenseful once the story takes off, THE FINEST HOURS has a strong Christian, moral worldview, with acts of sacrifice, but there is some foul language.
Bernie Webber is finally meeting Miriam, a woman he has only heard, not seen. From the moment Bernie meets Miriam, he’s struck by her looks, but it’s Miriam who asks if he would marry her. At first, Bernie says no, because he is timid and believes regulations say he must get approval from his Chief, but then he agrees. He seems to be the only one following regulations, because when he tries to ask, the Chief doesn’t think it is important.
A storm is coming, one of the biggest storms in a long time. Hearing news of an oil tanker splitting in half, the Coast Guard must go out. Not long after this, however, news of another oil tanker splitting comes in over the radio. The only one left to do the job is Bernie, and he must compile a team to go out in the middle of the terrible storm. Four men take on the mission, two have never gone out on a mission before. They take to the seas, but they are against all odds because no one believes their mission will succeed.
Meanwhile, the men on the surviving ship are relying on Ray Sybert, the ship’s engineer, to figure out what to do in this situation. Half of the shipmates are pessimistic and don’t believe praying will help, while the other half are positive and pray. The men devise a plan, but they don’t have long before the storm takes them down to Davy Jones’ Locker.
THE FINEST HOURS is thrilling and very suspenseful. Some of the early scenes slowly show the development of the characters’ relationships, but they pick up during the storm. The waves and special effects seem very real. The best acting comes from Casey Affleck, an underrated actor, and Holliday Grainger fits the look of the time period as the lead actress.
THE FINEST HOURS has a strong Christian, moral worldview. Most all of the shipmates pray to God, there is one specific character leading them. One man specific does not believe praying is the only thing they can do, they must act. Also, the main character is willing to do whatever it takes, including sacrifice himself, to try to get to the tanker and save the men. THE FINEST HOURS does have some foul language and intense scenes of men in danger, however; so, caution is advised.
(CC, BBB, LL, V) Strong Christian worldview, with very strong moral elements includes a cross, prayer, one character says “marriage is between you, your lady, and God,” sign of the cross, and one character makes a statement that people must also do things in addition to pray; eight obscenities, one strong profanity, five light profanities; storm creates suspense, huge waves, men get flung around by the wind and waves, man is killed from hitting the walls of the ship, woman’s car slips on snow and goes into snow bank; no sex, just light kissing; no nudity; light drinking; no smoking nor drug use; and, nothing else objectionable.
THE FINEST HOURS shows the Coast Guard coming to the rescue when a terrible storm in 1952 causes an oil tanker to break in half. Timid officer Bernie Webber must lead a small crew into the storm to save the men. Bernie has just recently met the love of his life. Bernie’s crew of volunteers isn’t in the best shape, but he is willing to sacrifice his life to try to save the men on the oil tanker. Meanwhile, the men on the ship rely on Ray Sybert, the ship’s engineer, to figure out what to do.
THE FINEST HOURS is thrilling and very suspenseful. Some of the early scenes are slower because they try to show the development of the characters and characters’ relationships, but they pick up during the storm. The waves and special effects seem very real. Even better, the movie has a strong Christian worldview, with very strong moral elements, that focuses on prayer, duty and self-sacrifice. THE FINEST HOURS does have some foul language and intense scenes of men in danger, however; so, caution is advised.