Time for some true story love! Or at least a rockin’ movie inspired by those events. And what could be more harrowing than the tale of a US Coast Guard mission to rescue more than 30 sailors trapped on the sinking half of a tanker ship in the deep sea?
Having to attempt that rescue in an ocean that happens to be cold enough enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey. Man, you guys would be so screwed if I was in the coast guard.
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.
That’s a pretty good trailer. The scale is massive, the visuals look great and everybody has a Bahwstawn accent. I dig it! And that’s a solid cast as well, with Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz, and Eric Bana leading the charge. The Finest Hours will be out next year January, with Craig Gillespie directing.
Last Updated: July 9, 2015