With out-of-this world superhero movies all the rage right now, Disney will be hoping to pull viewers into a different superhero film altogether; one featuring real-life heroes at the heart of a most daring rescue missions ever to have taken place at sea.
The Finest Hours, starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck, is billed by Disney as “the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard History” and depicts the true events of February 18th, 1952, when a massive nor’easter struck the coast of New England, catching oil tanker the S.S Pendleton in its path. The tanker broke in half with more than 30 men trapped inside. On the Chatham coast, in Massachusetts, Coast Guard Bernie Webber (Pine) and three others set out in a small lifeboat to try and save the tankers crew (led by Affleck). The second trailer for the movie has dropped online and can be viewed, above.
The trailer certainly highlights the bravery of the men in both crews, but particularly that of the Coastguard, most of whom probably doubted that they’d make it back alive. As Pine’s Webber says “In the Coastguard they say you’ve got to go out; they don’t say you’ve got to come back in.”
A new poster for The Finest Hours has also been released. Check it out, below.
The Finest Hours is directed by Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl), from a screenplay by Scott Silver (8 Mile) and Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson (The Fighter). Additional cast members include Eric Bana as Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff and Holliday Grainger (Cinderella (2015)) as Pine’s love interest.
It might not be set on another planet, but the special effects for this movie are still out of this world and they draw the viewer in, delivering a truly gripping trailer. The question is; can this level of suspense and awe be sustained over the course of a full-length movie?
Disney will surely be hoping for more success with this heartening true story than with another of their more recent live-action films, Tomorrowland, which lost the company around $140 million; but it could well be the ‘true story’ nature of The Finest Hours that wins people over. Everyone loves a classic courage in the face of adversity movie and though this film does seem incredibly male dominated and ‘American’, for want of a better word, the determination of the Coastguard crew to keep going no matter what, to try their best to rescue the tanker crew, makes you want to see how it all pans out - if only so you can shed a tear over the (hopefully) happy ending.
The Finest Hours will be released in U.S. theaters on January 29th, 2016.