Friday, January 29, 2016

The Finest Hours

In my younger days, I wanted to be an oceanographer.  Then I discovered the sad fact, that I'm scared of fish (Yeah, I know that's weird) and I get crazy seasick on the ocean!  So oceanographer was not a good career choice.  But I still have a fascination with the ocean.  So, I wash pretty excited to see Finest Hours!

What is it about, you ask?

A heroic action-thriller, “The Finest Hours” is the remarkable true story of the most daring rescue mission in the history of the Coast Guard. Presented in Digital 3D, Real D 3D and IMAX® 3D, the film will transport audiences to the heart of the action, creating a fully-immersive cinematic experience on an epic scale. On February 18, 1952, a massive nor’easter struck New England, pummeling towns along the Eastern seaboard and wreaking havoc on the ships caught in its deadly path, including the SS Pendleton, a T-2 oil tanker bound for Boston, which was literally ripped in half, trapping more than 30 sailors inside its rapidly-sinking stern. As the senior officer on board, first assistant engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) soon realizes it is up to him to take charge of the frightened crew and inspire the men to set aside their differences and work together to ride out one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast. Meanwhile, as word of the disaster reaches the U.S. Coast Guard station in Chatham, Massachusetts, Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana) orders a daring operation to rescue the stranded men. Despite overwhelming odds, four men, led by Coast Guard Captain Bernie Webber (Chris Pine), set out in a wooden lifeboat with an ill-equipped engine and little, if any, means of navigation, facing frigid temperatures, 60-foot high waves and hurricane-force winds.

So did I like it, you ask?  Oh Yeah!  It was an amazing movie!  I was literally on the edge of my seat the whole time!  Not only did  feel like I was out at sea, battling the waves and the storm, but I also went on an emotional voyage along with the characters in the story.  Chris Pine did an amazing job portraying Bernie Webber, a shy, rule-following Coast Guard Captain.  Yet, he went out to try and rescue the crew of the Pendleton, knowing there was a high probability he and his crew wouldn't make it back.

To give you an idea of how immersed in the movie I became... I left the theater freezing, and seasick!  My daughter, who saw the movie with me, thought that was hilarious!  Seeing it in 3D, the snow was flying past me and the waves were crashing, and I felt like I was there!

Disney does a great job with their movies, and I feel like this is one not to be missed!  Finest Hours opens January 29th.  Go see it, but bring a jacket!

Disclosure:  I was given the opportunity to see this movie for the purpose of a review.  The opinions are all my own and free of charge!