Friday, January 29, 2016
The Finest Hours Review: Stays Afloat with Good Performances and Gripping Sequences
The plot to The Finest Hours centers Bernie Webber (portrayed by Chris Pine). The story centers on Bernie's life in the Coast Guard and his personal affairs as Bernie gets engaged to Miriam (portrayed by Holliday Grainger). However when word gets out that the SS Pendleton is sinking, Bernie is tasked to save the ship's crew along with Richard Livesly (portrayed by Ben Foster), Andrew Fitzgerald (portrayed by Kyle Gallner) and Ervin Maske (portyaed by James Magaro). As Bernie sails the harsh waters, the crew of Pendleton are led by engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) as they try to remain afloat during the dangerous storm.
The Finest Hours definitely has a shaky time on the silver screen. The narrative to the story and the characters' development leave film with little substance. However the film makes up for its faults with good performances and exciting sequences. It may not be flawless but The Finest Hours does manage to remain afloat as I think this cinematic interpretation is worthy of a watch.