The Finest Hours Blu-ray Review – it’s based on the greatest small-boat rescue in Coast Guard history

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I watched The Finest Hours (sweepstakes) over the weekend. The movie is a suspenseful story about the greatest small-boat rescue in Coast Guard history. The film is based on true events that took place in 1952. The story starts off as a love story, but then quickly turns into a disaster drama. I enjoyed the movie. The story kept me on the edge of my seat and I really cared for the characters. The film is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of peril. The Finest Hours will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on May 24th.

The Finest Hours is Three Stories in One

The Finest Hours starts off with a brewing romance between Bernie Webber and Miriam Pentinen. They meet on a blind date after talking on the phone for weeks. They hit it off right away and eventually become engaged. The second story begins when a big storm hits the area. The storm splits two tankers in half. The Coast Guard sends out boats to rescue one of the tankers. The other tanker is on its own because no one knows it’s sinking. But eventually the Coast Guard finds out about the other tanker and they send out the only boat left — a small dory that holds about twelve people (including the 4-person crew). Meanwhile (third story), the crew of the second tanker desperately tries to survive even though their ship has been splitted in two and they have no working radio to send out a distress signal.

The Film is Based on a True Story

The Finest Hours is based on real events that took place in 1952 in the Cape Cod area. According to my research, most of the things that happened in the film really did happen in real life — the sinking tanker was splitted in two, the Coast Guard dory was a small 12-person boat, and the Coast Guard rescue crew did lose their compass. One of the main things that didn’t happen in real life was the chief engineer’s attempt to run the tanker aground. In real life, the chief engineer tried to keep the tanker offshore because he thought the ship might break apart in the surf.

The Finest Cast

Chris Pine and Casey Affleck are the stars of The Finest Hours. Chris played the part of Bernie Webber. He led the Coast Guard rescue mission. Casey played the part of Ray Sybert. He was the chief engineer who kept the sinking tanker afloat until they could be rescued. Other cast members include Ben Foster (Richard Livesey), Eric Bana (Daniel Cluff), Holliday Grainger (Miriam Webber), John Ortiz (Wallace Quirey), Kyle Gallner (Andy Fitzgerald), John Magaro (Ervin Maske), Graham McTavish (Frank Fauteux), Michael Raymond-James (D.A. Brown), Beau Knapp (Mel Gouthro), Josh Stewart (Tchuda Southerland), Abraham Benrubi (George ‘Tiny’ Myers), Keiynan Lonsdale (Eldon Hanan), and Rachel Brosnahan (Bea Hansen). The Finest Hours was directed by Craig Gillespie.

Special Features

The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes the 117-minute movie in Blu-ray, Digital HD, and Disney Movies Anywhere. In addition, both the DVD and Blu-ray include the bonus features below. Against All Odds: The Bernie Webber Story is the most interesting of the special features. The other features are interesting too, but are fairly short.

  • Against All Odds: The Bernie Webber Story (Blu-ray only)
    Visit the quaint and close-knit town of Chatham, and experience the events surrounding the most heroic Coast Guard rescue ever through the eyes of the people who witnessed them.

  • Brotherhood
    Cast members reflect on the bonds they forged during the shoot.

  • Two Crews (Blu-ray only)
    Chris Pine and Casey Affleck share insights into Bernie Webber and Ray Sybert, men who led their respective crews against all odds.

  • What is Your Finest Hour? (Blu-ray only)
    A Coast Guard member recounts an incredible rescue.

  • The Finest Inspiration: The U.S. Coast Guard
    Meet the people who put their lives on the line for others.

  • Deleted Scenes (Blu-ray only)
    • A Desperate Idea
    • The Story of How They Met

The Finest Hours Synopsis

This heroic action-thriller is based on the extraordinary true story of the greatest small-boat rescue in Coast Guard history. In 1952, a massive winter storm strikes off the coast of Cape Cod, ripping a T-2 oil tanker in half and trapping more than 30 sailors inside its rapidly sinking stern. When word of the disaster reaches the U.S. Coast Guard, four men led by Captain Bernie Webber (Chris Pine) set out in a 12-seat boat on a daring mission to rescue the stranded men, braving freezing cold, 60-foot waves and hurricane-force winds, and guided by Webber’s vow that “We all live, or we all die.” Packed with thrilling, larger-than-life action and anchored in a belief in the strength of the human spirit, The Finest Hours is a triumph.

More info: The Finest Hours Blu-ray

[Disclosure: I received a movie for review on my blog. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]

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