Taking advantage of the typically-quiet January month at the box office, Disney’s The Finest Hours will be heading to the multiplex in the New Year with a big-scale spectacle designed to be seen on as large a screen as possible.
The studio launched the first trailer over the summer, teasing plenty of destruction. And as its January release creeps closer, we’ve got a new trailer and poster to share, showing off more of the big-budget blockbuster.
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.
Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, and Ben Foster lead the ensemble cast, with support from Eric Bana, John Ortiz, Holliday Grainger, Graham McTavish, Kyle Gallner, Rachel Brosnahan, Josh Stewart, Abraham Benrubi, and Beau Knapp.
Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) is behind the camera, with a script by Paul Tamsay and Eric Johnson (The Fighter) and Scott Silver (The Fighter). They adapt the original book by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias, based on the real events.
The film was set to be released last month, before being pushed to the start of next year to ensure an IMAX 3D release. With Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea telling a seafaring story only a month and a half before this one, albeit one involving a massive whale, I’m not sure Disney will be able to draw in audiences so soon after. Here’s to hoping I’m wrong.
The Finest Hours heads into cinemas in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on January 29th in the US and UK.