Here at The Disney Driven Life, we were lucky enough to see an advanced viewing of Disney’s “The Finest Hour”. It’s the unforgettable true story of the most daring rescue mission in the history of the Coast Guard. Disney even brought in a group of active duty Coast Guards for the viewing.
Screenwriters Scott Ilver, Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson based the script on the book written by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias. The film transports viewers back in time to February 18th, 1952. On that dreadful day, a massive storm struck New England. It crashed into the Eastern Seaboard and caused havoc along its way. Numerous ships were caught up in its path, and this film explains the story of one such ship.
The SS Pendleton was a T-2 oil tanker bound for Boston on that unforgettable day. The strength of the storm literally ripped the ship in half. Resulting in over 30 crewmen being trapped in a deadly situation. The film is basically two heroic stories in one.
The first being the crew on board trying to put their differences aside, and work together to ride out the storm until someone comes to rescue them. The problem was they weren’t even sure if anyone was coming to help.
The second story being the Coast Guard working through an impossible situation to save the men on the sinking oil tanker. Coast Guard Captain Bernie Webber (Chris Pine) and his team of three others set out in a wooden lifeboat with an ill-equipped engine and against 60-foot waves.
Disney’s “The Finest Hours” is really an unforgettable movie. It pulls you in and doesn’t let go until the ending credits. You can’t help but root for the characters. It’s, even more, dramatic because you know it’s a true story. Director Craig Gillespie created a visually intense, but beautiful film.
If there was a con with the film, it would be the fact it was available in 3D. The special effects were cool, but really didn’t add to the film at all. It didn’t change my opinion either way, so don’t worry about what form you get to see the film in.
We recommend seeing this movie, just be ready to be sit on the edge of your seat the entire time. Remember to bring your raincoats, it’s going to be a wet experience. Well maybe not literally, but you will walk out of the theater feeling soaked.