Chris Pine and Casey Affleck play the kind of ship captains Michael Bay would strangle with his barehands. They mumble and they don't make speeches. But underneath their mild-manneredness is a deep knowledge of their craft. The same applies to Craig Gillespie's elegiac mood piece, which features breathtaking cinematography by Javier Aguirresarobe. "Slow" and "old-fashioned", THE FINEST HOURS will endure over time.
Solid entertainment with a refreshing old fashioned feel to it from director Craig Gillespie. Dual story of survival and rescue works in its cross cutting fashion and features some solid turns from its cast. The real find here is Holiday Grainger who graduates to leading lady status. Effects work is solid.
Not as dreary and as exhaustingly boring as "In the Heart of the Sea," but not as enthralling as "The Perfect Storm" either. Criminally average, swashbuckling thriller that makes caricatures out of its incalculably brave characters and can't find steady cohesion because it keeps cutting between land and sea.
What could be just another catastrophe film turned out to be a complex narration of both the human nature and an époque. Beautiful cinematography, amazing art direction and a narrative curve both emotional and deeply human. Great film.