With one foot in the space opera world of “Star Trek” as Captain James T. Kirk and another about to step into the DC Extended Universe with his role as Col. Steve Trevor in “Wonder Woman,” Chris Pine is still committed to making non-fantastical movies. The actor has credited Disney, which has more than enough on its plate with Marvel and “Star Wars” fare, for rolling the dice on “The Finest Hours,” the sort of movie that many studios would decline to make these days.
“…it is a rarity, a big studio spending $80 million on a one-off period motion picture that doesn’t have a cape,” Pine told the Toronto Sun. But don’t let the words “period picture” mislead you —there is plenty of spectacle in this drama, and a supersized IMAX trailer is here to show you what’s coming.
Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger and John Ortiz co-star in the Craig Gillespie directed movie telling the true story of a risky U.S. Coast Guard effort to save the crew of oil tanker out at sea, but which is left adrift in the midst of a devastating storm. Here’s the official synopsis:
A heroic action-thriller, “The Finest Hours” is the remarkable true story of the most daring rescue mission in the history of the Coast Guard. Presented in Digital 3D™, Real D 3D and IMAX® 3D, the film will transport audiences to the heart of the action, creating a fully-immersive cinematic experience on an epic scale. On February 18, 1952, a massive nor’easter struck New England, pummeling towns along the Eastern seaboard and wreaking havoc on the ships caught in its deadly path, including the SS Pendleton, a T-2 oil tanker bound for Boston, which was literally ripped in half, trapping more than 30 sailors inside its rapidly-sinking stern. As the senior officer on board, first assistant engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) soon realizes it is up to him to take charge of the frightened crew and inspire the men to set aside their differences and work together to ride out one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast. Meanwhile, as word of the disaster reaches the U.S. Coast Guard station in Chatham, Massachusetts, Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana) orders a daring operation to rescue the stranded men. Despite overwhelming odds, four men, led by Coast Guard Captain Bernie Webber (Chris Pine), set out in a wooden lifeboat with an ill-equipped engine and little, if any, means of navigation, facing frigid temperatures, 60-foot high waves and hurricane-force winds.
“The Finest Hours” opens on January 29th. Watch the trailer below, along with a couple of clips from the film.