Directed by Craig Gillespie ("Million Dollar Arm," "Lars and the Real Girl"), the film centers on a vicious storm that tore apart the SS Pendleton, an oil tanker off the coast of Cape Cod, leaving more than 30 sailors trapped in its rapidly sinking stern.
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Affleck plays Ray Sybert, the senior officer on board, who tries valiantly to rally the surviving crew, while Pine plays Bernie Webber, the leader of a four-man Coast Guard crew sent on a virtual suicide mission to get the doomed mariners to safety.
Warned of the peril he faces, Webber replies, "In the Coast Guard they say you gotta go out; they don't say you gotta come back in."
Of course, if he does come back in, he'll have someone waiting for him: a sweetheart played by British actress Holliday Grainger. Also on board are Eric Bana, Ben Foster and John Ortiz.
This winter promises to be a wet one at the multiplex between "The Finest Hours," which opens Jan. 29, and Ron Howard's whaling thriller "In the Heart of the Sea," which opens Dec. 11.
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