The Finest Hours

Director Craig Gillespie  takes audiences into the eye of a horrific natural disaster as the crews of a pair of oil tankers, broken and stranded off the coast of Cape Cod, prepare for the worst while a small Coast Guard squad sets off on an implausible r

click to enlarge Casey Affleck and Josh Stewart in 'The Finest Hours'
Casey Affleck and Josh Stewart in 'The Finest Hours'

Director Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) takes audiences into the eye of a horrific natural disaster as the crews of a pair of oil tankers, broken and stranded off the coast of Cape Cod, prepare for the worst while a small Coast Guard squad sets off on an implausible rescue mission. This true story recalls the harrowing assault of The Perfect Storm, and at first glance, Gillespie looks like an odd fit for this project, but he has a knack for finding the core integrity and humanity of his characters that, in moments of crisis, will make heroes of men. (Opens wide Friday) (PG-13) Not screened in time for review