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The next time Chris Pine sets foot on a ship as its captain, it won’t be on the bridge of Star Trek’s U.S.S. Enterprise. The upcoming dramatic action-thriller, The Finest Hours, sees him trade the far reaches of space for a rough rescue mission with the Coast Guard during a historically disastrous 1952 New England nor’easter. Watch Pine and his crew embark on a daring rescue of sailors stranded aboard a weather-ravaged oil tanker in the new trailer below.
One glance at the characters and themes The Finest Hours displays in this debut trailer, coupled with the rough, aquatic atmospherics, and it immediately evokes the memory of The Perfect Storm, the 2000 hit that inspired an array of reality shows about commercial fisherman. However, it seems that this film actually aims to give a bit of a shout-out to the Coast Guard, showing their bravery as first responders, rather than being the target of snarky punchlines to jokes about avoiding military conscription. The film showcases a parallel of leadership dynamics as Chris Pine plays Coast Guard Captain, Bernie Weber and Casey Affleck plays Ray Sybert, the first assistant engineer and only surviving senior officer aboard the stranded oil tanker, the S.S. Pendleton.
The film is inspired by an actual event from February 18, 1952 in which New England was devastated by hurricane force winds that resulted in waves reacing up to 60 feet. With the storm devastating the coast, it also granted a serious misfortune to a number of ships in the area, notably the Pendleton, which was quite literally ripped in half, trapping more than 30 sailors inside the floating wreckage that threatened to claim even more lives for the unforgiving floor of Davy Jones’ Locker. There, Casey Affleck's Ray Sybert, in his new role as defacto captain, desperately attempts to calm the panicking crew.
Answering his obligatory call of duty, Pine’s Captain Weber leads a four-man team on an insane rescue mission with the killer conditions forcing them to take a small boat that is almost comically absurd in size. Along with the visually-impressive intensity of the storm scenes, the film also focuses on the family and tumult-tested romances as the loved ones of the brave rescuers and the trapped sailors are put through a different sort of agony during the ordeal.
Besides the aforementioned Chris Pine and Casey Affleck, the film sports an impressive supporting cast including Eric Bana, Holliday Grainger, Ben Foster, Rachel Brosnahan, and Graham McTavish in what looks like a heartwarming human element amidst the violently icy waters of a super-storm. The Finest Hours comes to the rescue at theaters on January 29, 2016.