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The Finest Hours review: A fine tribute to gallantry at sea

By Damon Smith

Boatswain's Mate First Class Bernie Webber (Chris Pine) meets sassy telephone exchange operator Miriam Penttinen (Holliday Grainger) in November 1951. Their whirlwind romance leads to a marriage proposal a few months later.

Soon after, the oil tanker SS Pendleton breaks in half during a fierce storm, condemning the 41 survivors to a grim fate. Long-serving engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) grounds the Pendleton on a reef. Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana) orders Bernie to assemble a three-strong team and attempt a rescue in a CG 36500 lifeboat.

The Finest Hours is a drama of gallantry at sea that pays tribute to real-life heroes, who risked everything on February 18, 1952. It's a classic tale of triumph against adversity and the script plucks heartstrings as it seems the coast guard crew will fall to the might of Mother Nature.

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