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[Review] The Finest Hours

28 January 2016 9:11 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

When at the end of Casablanca, Rick puts his unexpected sense of duty before love and tells Ilsa that their problems “don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world,” he might as well have been describing the biggest issue in Craig Gillespie’s The Finest Hours, a lush disaster film that assumes audiences will undoubtedly root for love at all costs, even if it’s just a device used to avoid constructing a solid dramatic structure. Gillespie allegedly set out to tell the story of the greatest small boat rescue mission in Coast Guard history, but in the process ended up making a film about the dullest marriage proposal of all time.

When the film begins it’s 1951 and shy Coast Guard officer Bernard Webber (Chris Pine) is en route to a blind date where he will meet Miriam Webber (Holliday Grainger). Miriam is introduced with »

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Film Review: ‘The Finest Hours’

18 January 2016 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Finest Hours” tells the story of a little-known yet fairly incredible 1950s rescue mission, in which a four-man band of Coast Guard troops went above and beyond the call of duty, steering out into impossible sea conditions in the dead of night to reach a crippled oil tanker. So perhaps the worst one could say about Craig Gillespie’s film is that, rather than their finest hours, the whole cast and crew all put in a solid shift at the office making the movie, producing a perfectly entertaining, sometimes quite well-crafted disaster drama that nonetheless retreats from the memory almost as soon as the credits roll. The disappointing returns for Ron Howard’s recent seafaring saga “In the Heart of the Sea” should give the producers pause, but the film certainly offers enough to provide a modest-sized audience with some respite from the horrors of the January multiplex.

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