Disney has released the first trailer for their thriller The Finest Hours, chronicling the true story of the most courageous small boat rescue in Coast Guard history. From director Craig Gillespie (Million Dollar Arm, Lars and the Real Girl) the film stars Chris Pine as a Coast Guard Captain who leads a daring and ill-equipped rescue mission to save the crew of the SS Pendleton, an oil tanker literally ripped in half by a massive nor’easter.
The film also stars Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz, and Eric Bana and arrives in IMAX 3D January 29, 2016.
That is a pretty fantastic trailer. The scale is enormous and the hits are visceral; plus there’s something about those sea-faring aquatic thrillers that immediately ratchet up the stakes. This looks like one of those immersive films I’ll go out of my way to see in IMAX.
You also can’t argue with that cast. Chris Pine easily could have become the typecast pretty boy, but he’s defied that career path deftly. Ben Foster and Casey Affleck consistently deliver exceptional supporting performances, and Holliday Granger is a fantastic young actress to watch who hasn’t quite made it big in America yet.
A heroic action-thriller, “The Finest Hours” is the remarkable true story of the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history.Presented in Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D, the film will transport audiences to the heart ofthe action, creating a fully-immersive cinematic experience on an epic scale. On February 18, 1952, a massive nor’easter struck New England, pummeling towns along the Eastern seaboard and wreaking havoc on theships caught in its deadly path, including the SS Pendleton, a T-2 oil tanker bound for Boston, which was literally ripped in half, trapping more than 30 sailors inside its rapidly-sinking stern.
As the senior officer on board, first assistant engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) soon realizes it is up to him to take charge of thefrightened crew and inspire the men to set aside their differences and work together to ride out one of theworst storms to ever hit the East Coast. Meanwhile, as word of the disaster reaches the U.S. Coast Guard station in Chatham, Massachusetts, Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana) orders a daring operation to rescue the stranded men. Despite overwhelming odds, four men, led by Coast Guard Captain Bernie Webber (Chris Pine), set out in a wooden lifeboat with an ill-equipped engine and little, if any, means of navigation, facing frigid temperatures, 60-foot high waves and hurricane-force winds.