The storm's a-brewing
As the movie opens, we meet Coast Guard Captain Bernie Webber (Pine), a shy, clumsy oaf who tells his a date he just met that he's mistaken her for Smokey the Bear because she's wearing a fur coat. He says things like "Rules are rules" and looks like he irons his socks. It's a tough role for Pine, who relies on his sexy bad-boy smirk to charm his way through blockbusters like Star Trek and that Jack Ryan movie you already forgot about. Forced to play a shy, introverted character, he struggles to make Bernie's conflicted interior life rise to the surface.
Similarly, director Craig Gillespie, the workman-like helmer of the 2014 baseball movie Million Dollar Arm, has trouble making the old-fashioned romantic yearning of the first 20 minutes feel lived in. While the script, penned by the same team of writers who wrote The Fighter, has a sense of regional authenticity to it, as well as a dark, playful sense of humor, the land-locked scenes have a stilted, made-for-cable quality to them.