The first ‘The Finest Hours’ trailer has arrived. Chris Pine portrays a Coast Guard captain in the true story of a daring and perilous rescue mission, the Pendleton rescue of the early 1950s brought to the big screen for the first time every in the Disney movie.

Chris Pine

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The Disney movie is based on the bestselling book of the same title by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias and it is the story of what has without argument been called the most daring small boat rescue in Coast Guard history. ‘The Finest Hours’ was directed by Craig Gillespie (Million Dollar Arm, Lars and the Real Girl) from a screenplay by Scott Silver (8 Mile and The Fighter), Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy.

Chris Pine has the starring role as a captain but this time the danger is not in the outer space and futuristic world of ‘Star Trek’s Captain Kirk but instead rooted in history and fact. It’s the story of the Coast Guard’s seemingly unbelievable rescue of a the crew of two oil tankers, the SS Pendleton and the SS Fort Mercer are literally ripped in half during an immense nor’easter storm in the Atlantic, off the coast of Cape Cod.

The trailer is intensely gripping, pulling the viewer into a desperate, seemingly no-way-out battle for survival. It’s also a reminder that the elements on our own earth can bring terror and the threat of death. On the one hand, the men trapped on oil tankers that the sea will swallow in a matter of time. And on the other hand, the choice to embark upon seemingly a suicidal mission to save them. The tension between those who want the mission — most notably Chris Pine’s Bernie Webber — and those who don’t add to the intensity.

Also costarring in the movie — and seen in the trailer — are Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, John Ortiz, and Eric Bana. And it could quite possibly be a star-making movie for Holliday Grainger who portrays Pine’s love interest, all decked out in proper 1950s Eisenhower era fashions.

It’s astonishing in a YouTube video so just imagine it in an IMAX 3D theater and you’ve got the very definition of nail-biter and the long overdue arrival of such an heroic story on the big screen in all of our era’s CGI and special-effects glory.

The movie opens in theaters on January 29, 2016. And meanwhile, you can watch the first ‘The Finest Hours’ trailer below!