Set in 1952, the film finds the shore of Cape Cod in New England battered by one of the most disastrous storms ever to hit the East Coast of the US. As a massive oil tanker is caught and literally ripped apart by the waves and the wind, a brave Coast Guard crew heads out to rescue the sailors still trapped aboard the rapidly sinking vessel. But the job will not be an easy one, especially given the treacherous conditions.
Chris Pine, more used to charting the depths of space as the captain of Star Trek's USS Enterprise than navigating giant waves, here leads his team into danger at the behest of Eric Bana's (Lone Survivor) commander, while his fiancée (Holliday Grainger) demands the return of the crew, worried that they have been sent on a suicide mission.
Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson (The Fighter) wrote the script, working from Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias' 2010 non-fiction book about the incident.
With Casey Affleck (Gone Baby Gone), Ben Foster (Lone Survivor), Graham McTavish (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug), Kyle Gallner (Beautiful Creatures) and Rachel Brosnahan (Beautiful Creatures) also in the cast, The Finest Hours will dock into UK cinemas on 16 October.