The Finest Hours Blu-ray Review
“The Finest Hours” is a by-the-numbers historical drama.
Set in Chatham, Massachusetts in the year 1952, the “based on a true story” film revolves around a shy Coast Guard (Bernie) who is balancing a love life with his devoted fiancée (Miriam) and his duty as a member of the Coast Guard who must embark on a potentially suicidal mission to rescue crew members of a severely damaged oil tanker (SS Pendleton) caught in a deadly storm.
There’s no doubt that the true events depicted in the film are a prime example of heroism. It’s an incredibly uplifting story that is truly worthy of a movie. “The Finest Hours,” however, does not do the story justice. Instead of seeing an emotional and intense journey that the Coast Guards and SS Pendleton crew members went through, we get a slow, tedious and old fashioned drama that lacks emotional punch due to the superficial or clichéd characters. To say it’s incredibly frustrating that the movie didn’t amount to more is an understatement given the inspiring story and the level of talent involved. This rescue mission deserved more than just a Hollywood spectacle that was riddled with sappy drama, yelling characters, and big CGI waves.
Going back to the talent involved, the movie is filled with Grade A performers like Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Eric Bana, Holliday Granger, and plenty of familiar faces from beloved TV series (Kyle Gallner, Michael Raymond James, and John Magaro). Like I said though, none of them aside from Chris Pine (Bernie) have much to do.
Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? From the scenes at sea to the snow covered land shots, this transfer is dazzling.
Audio Track: 7.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A 7.1 track never disappoints. The waves sound like they are splashing into your living room.
* Digital copy.
* 2 deleted scenes.
* Disney trailers.
* “Against All Odds: The Bernie Webber Story”- A 14 minute featurette about the Chatham town, the real life Bernie Webber, and the historic rescue. Interviews with the filmmakers, authors, Chatham residents, Bernie’s daughter, and more are included. A fascinating extra that is better than the movie.
* “Brotherhood”- A very short featurette about the bonding of the cast.
* “Two Crews”- Chris Pine and Casey Affleck talk about their real life men they portrayed.
* “What is Your Finest Hour?”- A 1 minute interview with a real life Coast Guard about her heroic rescue.
* “The Finest Inspiration: The U.S. Coast Guard”- Footage of real Coast Guards.
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