Director: Craig Gillespie. Cast: Chris Pine, Holliday Grainger, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Eric Bana. 117 min. Rated PG-13. History/Drama.
I look at this movie's 64% RT score (translated to mediocre at best), and cannot understand what critics expect from a movie. Based on a true event in 1952, when a tanker broke in half in a blizzard off the shores of Massachusetts, and a small Coast Guard group braved the seas to save the survivors. It's a simple heroic tale, without any claim on philosophical depth, but told in dazzling, exhilarating spectacle. With that goal, the movie succeeds with flying colors, and deserves much better praise than movies that aim for artistic heights but you can't even understand.