Just looking at the cast and creatives behind Finestkind, it’s hard to figure out what keeps this movie from the awards season discussion with other films of equal talent. The blue-collar crime drama stars Ben Foster, Toby Wallace (recently in The Royal Hotel), Tommy Lee Jones, and red-hot Wednesday star Jenna Ortega, and hails from Oscar-winning writer/director Brian Helgeland, known for LA Confidential, Mystic River, 42, and more. This seems like a can’t miss movie coming to Paramount+ later this year.
Here’s the synopsis: FINESTKIND tells the story of two brothers (Foster and Wallace), raised in different worlds, who are reunited as adults over a fateful summer. Set against the backdrop of commercial fishing, the story takes on primal stakes when desperate circumstances force the brothers to strike a deal with a violent Boston crime gang. Along the way, a young woman (Ortega) finds herself caught perilously in the middle. Sacrifices must be made, and bonds between brothers, friends, lovers, and a father (Jones) and his son are put to the ultimate test.
And check out this ensemble: Ismael Cruz Cordova, Aaron Stanford, Scotty Tovar, Tim Daly, Lolita Davidovich, and Clayne Crawford. Damn. Extremely impressive.
Paramount+ will premiere Finestkind on December 15th.