Going into "The Finest Hours," I was very hesitant, as the trailers gave away a lot of the film. I was able to forgive that this time as this is based on a true story and many people may already know what happens. Being produced by Disney, I expected a lot of schmaltz, and even though it is there to get the tears jerking, it is very effective. Bernie Webber (Chris Pine) leads an unlikely crew of four men as they are out to rescue the crew of a ship that has split in half. Cutting back and forth between the two boats was very intense and put me on the edge of my seat. Sadly, that is not the only focus of the film.
As the audience finally get's swept up in this epic story of survival and rescue, the film cut back to shore where we follow Bernie's girlfriend, worried and desperate to help. Instead she slides her car into snow banks and does uninteresting things to pad out the running time. Overall, this is a very effective film and by the end, the moments with his girlfriend on shore end up being worth while, so it is forgivable. Is this the most memorable film of all time? No, but if you want to go to the theatre for some good-ol'-fashioned escapism, this may be the film for you. A very enjoyable adventure that has familiar elements throughout the entire picture.