“The Finest Hours” Keeps You on the Edge of Your Seat

"The Finest Hours" movie poster

Amanda Mathis, Staff Writer

In a daring story of adventure, romance, and the struggles of humanity, Director Craig Gillespie brings us a film unlike any seen before, documenting the true story of a seemingly impossible mission.  According to the Disney synopsis of the film “on Feb. 18, 1952, a massive storm splits the SS Pendleton in two, trapping more than 30 sailors inside the tankers sinking stern. Engineer Ray Sybert bravely takes charge to organize a strategy for his fellow survivors. As word of the disaster reaches the Coast Guard in Chatham, Mass., Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff orders a daring rescue mission. Despite the ferocious weather, coxswain Bernie Webber takes three men on a lifeboat to try and save the crew against seemingly impossible odds.”

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film had a rating of 59%. The site’s general consensus says. “Old-fashioned to a fault, The Finest Hours will satisfy those seeking a traditional rescue drama – but may leave more adventurous viewers wanting more.” While the film was generally more traditional, it was very well done and focused on all of the aspects important to building a good story while remaining faithful to the history of the real event.

Whether you love adventure, romance, tragedy, or even drama, “The Finest Hours” is the perfect film for you to see. With just the right amount of suspense, the film will keep you on the edge of your seat and constantly wondering what will happen next.