Stars: Chris Hemsworth / Benjamin Walker / Cillian Murphy /
Release Date: 2015-11-20
Production Companies: Imagine Entertainment, Cott Productions, Enelmar Productions, A.I.E.,
Director: Ron Howard, Jo Beckett,
In the Heart of the Sea Summary
In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. But that told only half the story. “Heart of the Sea” reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.
The vintage grotesquerie of the regular old whaling process turns out to be more disturbing than the dark adventures that are In the Heart of the Sea's reason for being.
Warner Bros. would have been better off sticking with the film's original March release date and selling it as a horror movie.
If you want a Ron Howard movie about a man obsessed with a creature from the deep, "In the Heart of the Sea," sadly, is not the place to start. Try "Splash."
If a silent whale is your most magnetic screen presence, he should probably appear for more than a few minutes.
There's a hollow at the heart of things, a strange decency and politeness for a film that strives to depict, in epic form, man's dark and visceral struggle with the world and himself.