Published:  12:00 AM, 18 December 2016

The Finest Hours: A breathtaking rescue

movie Review


Audio has begun with The hucklebuck by frank Sinatra's 1949's Jazztrack and  were keep playing on the radio while Bernie Webber (Chris Pine ) and his friend Mel Gouthro (Beau Knapp) going to meet two young ladies for a date. That was from November 1951 and the place was Wellfleet, Massachusetts.

Both Webber & Gouthro were working with Cape Cod, the US Coast Guard Station in Chatham. After some following days that station received a distress signal from the oil tankers SS Pendleton and SS Fort Mercer.

Station Commander Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana) assigned the troupe formed by Bernie Webber, Richard Livesey, Andy Fitzgerald and Ervin Maske to rescue the crew of the SS Pendleton by a small rescue boat.

Naturally, during October-November deadly storms produce over that territory of the Atlantic. It's like a regular routine. And mariners are aware enough of that. Like it, a fatal storm broke the SS Pendleton into 2 pieces; she lost her forward part and was just waiting and floating into that unstoppable deadly tempest.

As she was trying to buoy up her own against those ravenous ripples with more than her every effort to survive. Then skilled and experienced engineer Ray Sybert(Casey Affleck) came with his whole proficiency and prowess to steer the grim in a safer position, grounding her on a miryedge of a submerged islet of coral reef to avoid sinking.

And the waiting for the rescue team was started. On the other hand, rescue team's 36 feet long Motor Lifeboat: CG36500 was just as the paper kite into that unstoppable ferocious storm. But mettle and mood of the whole team were more intense than the intensity of the storm. Did the rescue team could able to find those unlucky mariners; was CG36500 finally able to rescue them all, how hard and rigid was that!

As the story advanced we can find the answers to all these queries, by watching this 117 mints long drama film: based on a true story, written by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias, published on May 19th 2009; and this nonfiction is named, The Finest Hours:

 The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue.Director Craig Gillespie did show his elevated perfection in this film after his 2014's Million Dollar Arm. Verily from pre-production to post-production; in everywhere I saw that magical coherence. Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson tell a new styled story in the Screenplay, as the film presents three stories or perhaps one story from three perspectives.

 The stories are perhaps better described as intersecting rather than interwoven as developments in each storyline have relatively outright effect on the other story lines other than points of intersection. Along with the storytelling the characters also did more than fantastic.

The most successful part is one of survival aboard a doomed ship in a fierce storm. Casey Afflect delivers a brilliant performance, possibly the best of his career, as an engineer who must win the respect of the crew and devise a seemingly impossible plan to ensure their survival.

The eventual hero of the story is played by Chris Pine as a disgraced seaman thrust into a leadership position, who manages a heroic rescue by no alternate slavishly to regulations and blatantly disregarding his team members, but steadfastly pressing on through sheer obstinacy and succeeding by dumb luck.

And the other part is the romance between Chris Pine & Holliday Grainger. The story confirms that true love retains the real potency of life. Doesn't matter what the situation is or would be, but the aftermath of true love always bring the decisive smile between the lovers. Here every three part of the story is inter-related to each-other.

In the pre-production there were some memorable facts and reasons, which the performer should remember for long; as Ben Foster claimed that the role was the most physically demanding of his career due to the amount of time working in cold water.

 The interesting thing is as the whole anecdote was a real event and as well as the original Coast Guard lifeboat launch used to rescue the Pendleton survivors, CG36500, still exists and is maintained in perfect working condition at Rock Harbor in Orleans, Massachusetts.

The film was entirely filmed in Massachusetts, mostly in Chatham. And two third of the entire sequences was taken at the studio in green screen environment.

Those were the necessities of post-production, and lasted well over a year, with the film requiring nearly 1,000 visual effects shots. When the real life Andy Fitzgerald saw the finished film at the premiere, he said "I had no idea it was that dangerous!"

Yes really altogether that was a sheer instance of real life seven decades ago, where the technologies were not much rich like today. But only depend on the aplomb those luck lost mariners did found their deserving rescue eventually. And the real sense of responsibility has brought the foremost dignity for the U.S. Coast Guard in the history.

Here to me, this film wants to tell us a straight thing: courage and confidence can take us to our true aim. We have to stay on our deep concentration and need to believe on our own that we shouldn't lose our hope never ever.

The reviewer is a movie buff and working with The Asian Age

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