Today is Veteran's Day, and while it's good time to thank the men and women who served, Disney also recognizes an opportunity when they see one. Today they've released a new trailer for the high seas thriller, The Finest Hours, which chronicles one of the most daring rescues in the Coast Guard's history, and obviously it's a film that is likely to appeal to veterans.
Directed by Craig Gillespie and starring Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Casey Affleck, John Ortiz, Eric Bana, Holliday Grainger, and John Magaro, the story centers on a 1952 rescue mission to save those trapped on an oil tanker during a legendary storm. Here's the synopsis:
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 film pays tribute to two real-life heroes of the ordeal; Boatswains Mate First Class Bernard C. Webber (Pine) and Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff (Bana), both having served long and distinguished careers. The Finest Hours opens January 29th 2016.