Known for playing Hollywood-sized, larger-than-life heroes such as Star Trek's Captain Kirk and CIA agent Jack Ryan, actor Chris Pine takes on the role of a humble, real-life saviour in the adventure-disaster tale The Finest Hours.

Set in 1952, the Disney film revisits the true story of the Pendleton rescue, in which a handful of men set out in a tiny coast guard lifeboat during a nor'easter to recover nearly three dozen crewmen stranded at sea after the massive storm ripped apart their oil tanker.

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Chris Pine and Holliday Grainger turn in solid performances in The Finest Hours. (Walt Disney Pictures)

Director Craig Gillespie's film is packed with action, but also features some solid performances, from Pine's quiet but capable boatswains mate — hiding under a New England accent — to actress Holliday Grainger, as his character's headstrong fiancée. Casey Affleck also delivers a scene-stealing turn as the oil tanker's engineer, battling both a turbulent sea and crew.

Though not without its faults (the accents come and go and dialogue that leans more towards exposition than emotion), The Finest Hours has an honest approach and old-fashioned quality that works, says Eli Glasner.

Watch Glasner's full review in the video above.

RATING: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Casey Affleck steals scenes as the engineer struggling to keep the SS Pendleton oil tanker from sinking in The Finest Hours. (Walt Disney Pictures)