The Disney+ True Story Thriller With A Star Trek Captain

By Douglas Helm | Published

Chris Pine’s take on Captain James T. Kirk is one of the best things about the new Star Trek films, but Pine has stayed plenty busy while we patiently wait for another entry to the franchise. In the same year that Pine starred in the most recent film, Star Trek Beyond, he also starred in the based-on-a-true story thriller The Finest Hours. If you want to check it out, you can stream it on the Hulu section of Disney+ if you have access to both services.

Based On A True Story

The Finest Hours was directed by Craig Gillespie and written by Eric Johnson, Scott Silver, and Paul Tamasy based on the novel The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman. It follows the real-life rescue of the crew of the SS Pendleton by the US Coast Guard in 1952. Along with Chris Pine, the film stars Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz, and Eric Bana. 

It Was A Box Office Flop

If you never heard of this film, that wouldn’t be too surprising since it was a box office flop. Despite Chris Pine’s Star Trek star power, the film bombed and only grossed $52 million against a production budget of $70 to $80 million. It didn’t help that the film got relatively mixed reviews, with most critics feeling that it was a pretty by-the-books rescue film.

Not Chris Pine’s Best Movie

Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean that The Finest Hours is a bad movie; it’s just that it’s not an especially extraordinary one. Chris Pine and the rest of the cast provide quality performances, and the true story behind the movie does add an extra layer of excitement to the proceedings. If you’re in the mood for a high-stakes rescue film, you can’t go wrong with The Finest Hours, but you likely won’t walk away thinking it’s one of your favorite movies.

Chris Pine’s Work With Disney

It seems like Chris Pine might just not have great luck with Disney films, as his most released Disney release was also a box office disappointment. Pine played the lead in last year’s Wish, which received very mixed reviews and grossed $233 million worldwide against a $175 to $200 million budget. While it’s not quite the flop that The Finest Hours was, it’s certainly a pretty big disappointment for a Disney movie.

Chris Pine’s Recent Box Office Success

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Fortunately, Chris Pine’s 2023 was far from disappointing overall, as we got to see one of his best performances in the surprisingly great Dungeons & Dragons: Among Thieves. While many people were wary that a Dungeons & Dragons movie could be good, the movie happily proved doubters wrong and gave us an exciting adventure that felt like a D&D campaign was directly translated to the screen. Pine’s turn as a bard was great, and it was widely loved despite the slightly underwhelming box office performance.

Will Chris Pine Return To Star Trek?

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While Chris Pine’s most recent update on the potential Star Trek 4 hardly seems promising, fans are still waiting for his return as Captain James T. Kirk eventually. Hopefully, that day comes sooner than later. But until then, it’s still worth checking out some of Pine’s earlier performances in films like The Finest Hours, which you can stream now.