Thursday, October 13, 2016

2016 - THE FINEST HOURS, based on a true story possibly.

Supposedly based on a true story of a Coast Guard rescue of a sinking ship.  This is a sincere attempt at a story about professionals under duress while doing their job in an extreme situation.  This is the kind of story that Howard Hawks could skillfully assemble in his prime.

The acting is fine, the film has a good cast.  Unfortunately something about the story just doesn't ring true.  I can't put my finger on what's missing in the film but it seems to me that the dramatic conflict of the rescue just doesn't ring completely true.  Somehow the little Coast Guard life boat crashing through the gigantic tsunami sized waves to rescue the crew of the sinking ship just doesn't look real.  The computer generated waves make the rescue look kind of fake.

Disney gambled that audiences would want to see this true story.  Unfortunately they didn't. 

117 minutes.

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