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« on: February 10, 2016, 12:27:18 PM »

I really liked it.  Good movie; good story.

Recommend it.

The film is based on the true story of an incredible sea rescue from the 1950's and does a surprisingly good job of sticking with the true history.  This rescue remains one of the most daring and incredible rescues in USCG history.  If you want some examples of other amazing rescues (some that formally pre-date the Coast Guard), check out the book "Graveyard of the Atlantic: Shipwrecks of the North Carolina Coast" by David Stick.

Back to the film.  It REALLY ticks me off that someone makes a 'based on true story' movie that mostly sticks to the facts (moreso than most Hollywood 'creations') and it gets negativity from critics for not being "exciting" enough.  Jerks.

Real life *IS* exciting and should never compare unfavorably to FICTION.

Geez.  Thanks Michael Bay.  These days we've reached the point that "truth" is not exciting enough, even when it involves incredible feats of human endurance, guts and perseverance and...."humanity."

One quibble: The Cluff character (Eric Bana) was probably not accurately portrayed.  The idea that he was thought "incompetent" by the men in his station is laughable given his record (prior to that station assignment) and the job he was doing during that rescue (coordinating MULTIPLE rescues, not just the two depicted in the film).

I guess the movie needed a "foil" and offered up Cluff.  It was not as egregious as the abominable and grotesque LIES told by Ron Howard's APOLLO 13 regarding Jack Swigert.  I've had the privilege of meeting Sy Liebergot and discussed this with him.  While Sy holds Howard in high esteem and thinks highly of the movie overall, he did acknowledge some details like this were not done so well.

So, THE FINEST HOURS does not do it AS bad as APOLLO 13 did, but it still rankles that they did it at all.  There was no REASON to make Cluff into a 'buffoon' character.  He was instrumental in the final result.  What the movie ALMOST said about him was that would have been the truth was the REASON he was so adamant about sending the men out "across the bar" was that the BELIEVED, firmly, that they could do it.  Cluff was the kind of leader that had tremendous confidence in his men to get the JOB done...he INSPIRED that kind confidence as well.

That's it, though..that's my only lasting quibble with this movie.  Hats off to Chris Pine and all the other actors, director Craig Gillespie and all the production team.  Thank-you for honoring these men, what they accomplished and NOT going "Full Hollywood."

My score: 4.8 out of 5.


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