Chris Pine and Casey Affleck bring a Coast Guard story of courage to the big screen in “The Finest Hours”
The story of one of the greatest rescues in the history of the US Coast Guard comes to the big screen in the new action flick, “The Finest Hours” from director Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl). Finest Hours stars Chris Pine, his co-star from Star Trek Eric Bana, Holiday Grainger, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster in a tale of courage and heroism straight from the history of the Coast Guard.
It is February 1952, Cape Cod is getting hit with the worst winter storm in decades. Bernie Webber (Pine), a straight laced by the book sailor in the coast guard, just got engaged to his girl Miriam (Grainger) when he learns a tanker had been torn in half by the waves in the Atlantic. Commander Cluff (Bana) sends out a crew to rescue any survivors and has Bernie go secure the docks. A fisherman hears a tanker horn a mile or so off the shore.
6 miles south of the harbor, another tanker had ripped in half, yes 2 tankers were sinking of the coast of Cape Cod! The second tanker had more than 30 men stranded on the front of the boat. Mr. Sybert (Affleck), a crew member from the engine room, took charge of the survivors and came up with a plan to buy them some time to allow for the coast guard to find them. the rest of the crew decides to use the lifeboats to escape, even though Sybert told them the seas were to rough and they would die. This is one of my favorite scenes in the film as Sybert charges the crew with a hatchet and cuts the rope securing the lifeboat. The boat plunges to the sea and is demolished by a wave in less than 10 seconds! The crew asked “What did you do?!” and the ships cook told them “He just saved your life.”Sybert and the crew craft a man made rudder to steer the half tanker on to the near by shoal and keep them afloat until help can arrive.