THE FINEST HOURS
Daring Rescue Requires Prayer and Sacrifice
Starring: Chris Pine, Graham McTavish,
Holliday Grainger, Casey
Affleck, Ben Foster, Eric Bana
Genre: Action Adventure
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios
Director: Craig Gillespie
Executive Producer: Douglas C. Merrifield
Producer: Dorothy Aufiero, James
Writer: Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy,
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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.
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.