In 1820, crewmen (Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy) aboard the New England vessel Essex face a harrowing battle for survival when a whale of mammoth size and strength attacks with force, crippling their ship and leaving them adrift in the ocean. Pushed to their limits and facing storms, starvation, panic and d...more
In 1820, crewmen (Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy) aboard the New England vessel Essex face a harrowing battle for survival when a whale of mammoth size and strength attacks with force, crippling their ship and leaving them adrift in the ocean. Pushed to their limits and facing storms, starvation, panic and despair, the survivors must resort to the unthinkable to stay alive. Their incredible tale ultimately inspires author Herman Melville to write "Moby-Dick." less
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Growing up in the 90's, watching Cartoon Network extensively game me the impression that Moby Dick was a mischievous white whale that was chased by a ship. I could not have imagined it being based on a true story but it's true. In the Heart of the Sea is a tale about a ship that had the misfortune of coming across this beast, and what it did to them. It's an absolutely thrilling, dark adventure which showcases the incredible spirit of survival imbued in each human being.
Thomas Nickerson has a story that he has kept close to his chest all his life. A writer, Herman Melville is determined to hear it, and write a book about this story, one he eventually titles Moby Dick. The Story is about two men, Owen Chase and George Pollard.
Owen Chase is an experienced first mate for hire who's expecting command of his own ship. He goes to the local shipowners in the Nantucket who had promised him a captaincy and they inform him that he will have to do one last whaling run before he is made captain of his own ship. This would normally not be such a problem except for the fact the the Captain, Mr. Pollard was a greenhorn, and had no experience whatsoever. Their journey began in a wobbly manner when they got hit by a storm not soon after they left. It also didn't help that the captain and his first mate clearly did not like each other. Things continued to get worse, as they could not find any more whales after their first kill. Desperate, they followed up on rumours of a massive amount of whales near the equator and they found it. They also found Moby Dick, who wasn't pleased in the slightest to meet them. It attacked them, destroying their ship in the process, and pursued them relentlessly when the crew escaped on the life rafts. Starving, dying of thirst, desperate, the crew had a lot of tough decisions to make if they wanted to stay alive.
Masterfully narrated by Brendan Gleeson, Ron Howard has created another fantastic experience. You can feel the suffocating isolation that the cast tries its best to show. Performances are excellent all round, with some breathtaking visuals as well. The island of Nantucket in the 1800's has been adapted beautifully. You truly get a sense of what a living breathing american town was like in that age. In the Heart of the Sea is a must see.