The finest hours (2016)
Genre : Drama/History
Country : USA
Chris Pine : Bernie Webber
Casey Affleck : Ray Sybert
Holiday Grainger : Miriam Webber
Director : Craig Gillespie
This looked like the movie “Titanic“. The iceberg was absent though. But still, the oil tanker was broken in two like a toothpick by the raging sea and went to the bottom of the ocean. There was also a romance. Only this didn’t happen aboard of the sinking ship. The final result is a Disney disaster movie, suitable for couples. The female audience can melt away because of the love story. A tribute to invincible love and a prove that infinite love can overcome every pesky obstacle. An example of how kindred spirits can find each other telepathically and use each other as a beacon to be united again. I never expected that such beacons consist of a row of oldtimers with their headlights directed to the ocean. The male audience can enjoy the exciting rescue operation initiated by an engineer. His ingenious plan was to run the broken ship aground on a sandbank. Expect some nerve-racking scenes and liters of salt water.
The fact that this is a Disney product, means that it also contains a happy ending. Well, most Disney films have one. Those who have expertise in maritime history, will know that this film is about a true incident in 1952. The US Coast Guard successfully conducted one of the most daring rescue operations. Guardian angel on duty is Bernard Webber (Chris “Z for Zachariah” Pine). The way he maneuvers his lifeboat CG36500 over a treacherous sandbar, endangering his own and his crew’s life, is beautifully filmed and a thrilling moment. A hallucinatory boat trip over (and under) giant waves, which reminded me of “The Perfect Storm“. A successful interpretation by Chris Pine as the colourless, timid little officer who grows out to be a determined and heroic captain. Casey “Out of the furnace” Affleck also played a brilliant part as the introverted Ray Sybert who usually hides in the lower levels of the SS Pendleton and who manages to save the ship temporarily in a resourceful way. A subdued and sober character. Personally, I think this is one of his better performances.