Summary In February of 1952, one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast
struck New England, damaging an oil tanker off the coast of Cape Cod and
literally ripping it in half. On a small lifeboat faced with frigid
temperatures and 70-foot high waves, four members of the Coast Guard set
out to rescue the more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard the
rapidly-sinking vessel. Genre : Drama/History Country : USA Cast : Chris Pine : Bernie Webber Casey Affleck : Ray Sybert Holiday Grainger : Miriam Webber Director : Craig Gillespie
My Opinion “We're sinking.”
This looked like the movie "Titanic". The iceberg was absent though. But still, the oil tanker was broken in two like a toothpick by the raging sea and went to the bottom of the ocean. There was also a romance. Only this didn't happen aboard of the sinking ship. The final result is a Disney disaster movie, suitable for couples. The female audience can melt away because of the love story. A tribute to invincible love and a prove that infinite love can overcome every pesky obstacle. An example of how kindred spirits can find each other telepathically and use each other as a beacon to be united again. I never expected that such beacons consist of a row of oldtimers with their headlights directed to the ocean. The male audience can enjoy the exciting rescue operation initiated by an engineer. His ingenious plan was to run the broken ship aground on a sandbank. Expect some nerve-racking scenes and liters of salt water.
The fact that this is a Disney product, means that it also contains a happy ending. Well, most Disney films have one. Those who have expertise in maritime history, will know that this film is about a true incident in 1952. The US Coast Guard successfully conducted one of the most daring rescue operations. Guardian angel on duty is Bernard Webber (Chris "Z for Zachariah" Pine). The way he maneuvers his lifeboat CG36500 over a treacherous sandbar, endangering his own and his crew's life, is beautifully filmed and a thrilling moment. A hallucinatory boat trip over (and under) giant waves, which reminded me of "The Perfect Storm". A successful interpretation by Chris Pine as the colourless, timid little officer who grows out to be a determined and heroic captain. Casey "Out of the furnace" Affleck also played a brilliant part as the introverted Ray Sybert who usually hides in the lower levels of the SS Pendleton and who manages to save the ship temporarily in a resourceful way. A subdued and sober character. Personally, I think this is one of his better performances.
Unfortunately a dose of romance was necessary again. And this in the form of telephone operator Miriam (Holliday Grainger). A spry woman with a big mouth. It was as if she was the founder of the feminist movement. She asks her boyfriend to marry her (probably unseen and unacceptable in those days) and briefly wants to have her say in this male bastion ruled by the Coast Guard. She hadn't taken officer Cluff (Eric "Deliver us from Evil" Bana) into account, who threw her out immediatly. The only thing Mary could do was to hope and pray (together with the other women) that her future husband would return safe and sound.
The most annoying thing during the exciting rescue, were those intermissions where they showed the desperation and fear of the housewives who stayed behind. As a result, the rising tension was constantly interrupted. The only thought I had was "Why don't you just go cook something and wait patiently?". At least I could have enjoyed the action on the halved ship. That and the ridiculous, sentimental ending (they ignored the hero completely) were the reason that I finally thought this movie wasn't so great.