THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE FINEST HOURS (2016)










We've just finished watching The Finest Hours (2016) and let me tell you, there is nothing that can make you feel colder than watching this film featuring a winter Nor'easter with waves crashing down on survivors and rescuers alike! This is based on a hard-to-believe true story in 1952 where a small boat Coast Guard rescue happened amid absolutely impossible conditions. An oil tanker had split in half during this notorious storm and almost all rescue efforts went towards th...is tanker. Then the Coast Guard got word of a SECOND tanker split in two, and there was almost no one left to help that ship, save for a small crew that took a small boat out to try and save survivors, almost surely headed for their own deaths in the abysmal conditions. Chris Pine is quieter than usual as Bernie, the captain of this ship and Casey Affleck is also good as the engineer of the oil tanker (the Pendleton) who comes up with all kinds of improvisational ideas to keep their half a tanker afloat. A romantic subplot almost sinks the whole movie, as scenes featuring Bernie's pain-in-the-ass would-be wife (Holliday Grainger, who's not good at all) stop the movie cold. The ocean scenes are excellent and the small boat scenes are well done - the small boat looks like a surfboard going where the waves take it. Watch it for the action and the daring rescue but lord make sure you fast forward anytime the fiancée shows up. The Finest Hours seems like a throwback - a WW II pic complete with scenes of military women coping at home. #44 of 2016.

TLA one-word review: lopsided