Disney has been on a roll recently with their film slates as their Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars films, and their animated films have been greeted with much success. But what about their live-action films that don't fall under those categories? Well wait no more, now we got The Finest Hours the most Disneiest rescue film to be released ever.
A heroic action-thriller, “The Finest Hours” is the remarkable true story of the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history. Presented in Digital 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.
With a film and theme like this, you would expect it to be released by any other studio, but watching this film you see how quickly this movie is hit with disneyfication. What disappoints me about this film is that there is a huge lack of characterization. It's sad because with every character, not only can't you relate to any one of them, but you don't even like any single character. Chris Pine is spineless, Eric Bana is an asshole, Casey Affleck is Michael Cera in voice level, and Holliday Grainger is just bratty. It's just how much nuisances all of these characters are, which is just excruciating to see how much good heart they try to play in here.
This movie has a good heart in mind, but has a very mean spirited way of showing it. It's not only that it's mean spirited, but it's also that it has the tendency of just be awkwardly hysterical when it doesn't need to be. The Finest Hours is an action drama film that when it gets dramatic it just becomes stupid. There is a scene where Grainger stands up to Bana and she just constantly says "call him again" five times while he screams "GET OUT OF MY OFFICE!" and then she just pouts and storms off.
If this film had a better writer, then it would've been a great film. The cast does their best, it's just what was written for them is just plain corny. Having said that, the film's bright side is the action and the visual effects of the boat being stranded at sea. The only thing this film has going for it is the rescue sequence and the cinematography. There is a constant distinct blue and icy palette in a lot of scenes in the movie. I mean the film is set during the winter, but even when characters are indoors you see several blue.
The 3D in this movie is great with the constant effects of the water and the crew on the boat. The only problem with the 3D is that the film is super dark so at points it feels as if you're not watching anything. The movie uses the 3D for some moments and then the other times it's just unnecessary.
Other than that, this film is just something that should be seen on either TBS or local TNT or FX or even the CW in the afternoon 3 - 4 years from now and you might watch it because you're in the mood, but most of you will just change the channel because of your immediate disinterest.
The Finest Hours prospers from it's great visuals and old fashion style, but the lack of character and tedious running time makes this a Disney disappointment.