(2016) (Chris Pine, Casey Affleck) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama/Action: A small Coast Guard crew must make their way through a nor'easter in hopes of rescuing those on a damaged and sinking tanker.
- It's February 1952 and a raging nor'easter is at full force off the coast of Massachusetts. In the middle of that are two WWII era T2 tankers, the SS Pendleton and SS Fort Mercer. Due to their rushed construction during the war, including the use of substandard steel, the ships are unable to withstand the punishment and both split apart in different parts of the Atlantic.
Onboard the Pendleton, engineer Ray Sybert (CASEY AFFLECK) has become the de facto captain, what with the previous crew now being lost at sea, and he does what he can to keep the stern half afloat. That conflicts with some crewmen who want to lower the lifeboats and try to row back to shore, something Ray knows would be certain suicide.
Back in the town of Wellfleet, Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Bernie Webber (CHRIS PINE) is hoping to ask his Coast Guard captain, Daniel Cluff (ERIC BANA), permission to marry his sweetheart, local switchboard operator Miriam (HOLLIDAY GRAINGER). It's just a formality, but Bernie is a rule follower, although Cluff has no time for that, what with receiving news of the Pendleton's condition. Despite the warnings of everyone else that sending a crew out into the raging sea could be deadly dangerous, Cluff has no choice but to assign Bernie to head up a four man crew to attempt a rescue.
While his best friend, Mel "Gus" Gouthro (BEAU KNAPP), is too sick for the trip, Bernie is joined by Andy Fitzgerald (KYLE GALLNER), Richard Livesey (BEN FOSTER) and newcomer Ervin Maske (JOHN MAGARO) and they set out on a 36-foot lifeboat designed to hold only 12 people. As they make their way through the treacherous seas, including gargantuan waves crossing over the break line, they must contend with the dangerous conditions, losing their compass, and discovering that the Pendleton has far more crewmembers than their small lifeboat is designed to carry.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Some teens might be interested, especially if they're fans of anyone in the cast.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For intense sequences of peril.
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