The Finest Hours review

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I have nothing much to say, such was the case of this movie watching experience. The finest hours is the 2016 biopic about a successful small boat rescue, where 32 people were saved, from a sinking ship, during an intense storm. The theme is quite intriguing and it is a promise for a good blockbuster. The film’s failure, in spite of having a strong cast and 3D format, was a surprise for me until I watched this film.

Now, what are the essentials of a good biopic?

The finest hours showed two characters who were heroic in their respective deeds. Bernie Webber (Chris Pine) is an awkward young man who is given a mission to rescue the survivors. He does that against all odds, including Cluff’s (Eric Bana) discouragment. Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) starts executing a plan to get as much time as they could till the rescue boat’s arrival. Both Chris Pine and Casey Affleck tried their best to stick to their cores, only tried. The direction was such that the movie was painfully boring, I would go on to the extent by saying that I was tempted to fast forward for the sake of knowing what would happen at the end. Craig Gillespie’s direction wasn’t good enough to hold the viewers at their seats without falling asleep. I couldn’t help but compare this with In the heart of the sea (2015). Though it started off like a turtle’s movement, the pacing increased exponentially making it a good viewing experience. Even if the movie is not that exceptional, in the heart of the sea had strong characters backed by solid acting; from Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw, Michele Fairley, Tom Holland, Cillian Murphy and the lead, Chris Hemsworth. I would watch the film just to witness Hemsworth’s as well other’s performances. The finest hours failed to deliver that and we hardly feel anything for these characters. 15 minutes after watching the film, the visuals were erased and I found it difficult to recall the character’s names. The character Miriam is seemingly made just for the addition of a female protagonist. She was annoying and the scenes which had her affected the flow of the story. Holly Grainger could not bring the gracefulness she brought about in the great expectations, and her face was more like a doll. Also, Miriam’s involvement should have been more than to just flash her car lights. Casey Affleck is a good actor and he could have had his moments to shine but it was completely dissolved under the movie’s poor script and weak direction. Ben Foster was … there. John Ortiz tried to stand out but he lacked the spark. Movies like Imitation game (2014) and a beautiful mind (2001), not only provided a strong lead, but the supporting cast members have their say. As much as we remember Alan Turing’s legacy, we will remember how well Hugh Alexander stood up for him and Joan Clarke’s involvement in his life. While we think about John Nash, we will remember his good rival turned friend Martin Hansen. A screenplay written by three could not deliver that for this movie

Technically, a big budget is thrown to make the realistic settings and visual effects. hip ship scenes were done well, but Casey Affleck looked too calm as someone under pressure. The waves sequences had those moments of expectations but were backed by frail direction and acting. At times I thought “was he stoned?”. There were long and unnecessary conversations in between the action sequences adding insult to the injury. Carter Burwell failed in his job, except at the end. It is not everyday you will be tempted to shout “shut up!” against an orchestration. As per the modern filmmaking, loud music during the action sequences are unnecessary. The finest hours is not your everyday Disney 3D action film. You will be needing a lot of patience to sit through it. The uplifting end is the only silver lining in this raw cloud of boredom.


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