Movies From the Hat III – The Finest Hours (2016)

This is my 2,016th movie review

Thanks to my lovely wife O. for recommending this film to me!

The_Finest_Hours_poster“In the coast guard they say you go out, they don’t say you gotta come back.” – Ben Webber

Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Feb 2016)

Brief Synopsis – The tale of one of the most daring Coast Guard rescue attempts that happened off the coast of New England in 1952.

My Take on it – Last week, my wife celebrated her 40th birthday and we spent two whole days together without any kids bothering us.

We had the opportunity to go to a museum, a stand-up act that included a great dinner, a movie on TV (hopefully post that tomorrow) and a movie in the theater.

Obviously since it was for her birthday, she got to choose the movie and she suggested this one.

We originally were gonna go to a local theater to see this, but since we weren’t too keen on seeing a 3D or even a 4XD version of this and the showtime of the “regular” showing was too late to make it back home at a reasonable hour, we searched online and found a theater about an hour away (in Netanya if anyone knows Israeli Geography) that was showing it at a reasonable matinee hour.

There were only 6 of us in the theater (We were at first the only ones and thought that it would be an amazing Birthday present for us to have the theater to ourselves) 🙂

I’m glad that I didn’t know anything about the story beforehand and this way we were able to see it without spoilers about who would live or who would die.

This movie has an excellent cast which help bring the story to life in front of our eyes.  Chris Pine and Casey Affleck are both stellar here and each are able to hold their own end of the story up so well.

I loved the way the special effects were done because it made everything feel even more realistic and we could feel like we are experiencing it all along with the characters themselves.

It’s filled with thrills from wall to wall and I felt like each thrill would splash over me like wave after wave.

I’m a sucker for inspiration al true life heroics and this movie has its fair share of them.

Knowing this story now, I can only feel awe for and be inspired by what these men did 64 years ago.

(BTW, my wife also loved this movie) 🙂

Bottom Line – Excellent cast helps bring this story to life.  The thrills come pouring over you again and again just like the waves. Great special effects. Heartwarming true tale that makes you feels awe and inspiration for the men who lived it. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Ben Foster claimed that the role was the most physically demanding of his career due to the amount of time working in cold water. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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