In the Heart of the Sea

2015

Action / Adventure / Biography / Drama / History / Thriller

104
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 42%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 57%
IMDb Rating 6.9 10 98635

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Chris Hemsworth as Owen Chase
Tom Holland as Thomas Nickerson
Ben Whishaw as Herman Melville
Cillian Murphy as Matthew Joy
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Reviewed by sddavis63 8 / 10

A Good, Sea-Faring Yarn

First of all, yes. it is a yarn. Oh yes. There really was an Essex, and it really was attacked by a whale, and the crew really did struggle for survival as they drifted, and the story of the Essex really was the inspiration for Herman Melville's novel "Moby Dick." All that is true enough. But the story told here takes a lot of liberties with what really happened to the Essex. Most importantly, the survivors of the Essex weren't stalked by one particular whale, as the movie suggests (although they were apparently later attacked by an orca.) But that aside (and I'm never too hard on movies "based on a true story" straying from the true story) "In The Heart Of The Sea" is an exciting, sea-faring adventure..

Directed by Ron Howard, and starring Chris Hemwsorth as First Officer Chase and Benjamin Walker as Captain Pollard, this is really a movie that's more about human survival in desperate times. The movie is sympathetic to Chase and portrays Pollard as young and arrogant and the friction between the two is a significant part of the story. The truth is actually that it was Chase who made several mistakes that probably cost lives. But while the portrayal of that relationship may have been what drove this movie forward, basically, this is a movie about morality and how far we'll go to overcome the odds. In those ways, the movie is a good reflection on the plight of the Essex. For those who are expecting a sort of "Jaws"-like adventure, where the whale is really the star of the show, this will be disappointing. Really, the actual attack by the whale (while very well depicted) doesn't take up all that much time in the movie. It's more the story of the crew and how they respond once the Essex sinks and they're left on the small whaling boats with little food or water and thousands of miles from the coast of South America. How far will they go to survive? It's presented as the reminiscences of Tom Nickerson (Brendan Gleeson) - a 14 year old member of the crew who reluctantly relates the story many years later to Herman Melville (Ben Whishaw), who supposedly uses Nickerson's memories as the basis for "Moby Dick." Whether Melville actually spoke to Nickerson I'm not sure, but I have read that before writing "Moby Dick" he did meet Chase's son, and after publishing "Moby Dick" he did meet Captain Pollard.

Although most of the story is set on the Essex or its surviving whaleboats, I'd give credit to Gleeson for a very good performance. He captures the torment of Nickerson, who remains haunted 30 years later by his memories of what happened on that voyage on the Essex. In fact, I'd say generally that all the performances in this were good, and that Howard did a good job with directing.

I wouldn't say that "In The Heart Of The Sea" (which was actually based on a book by Nathaniel Philbrick) rises to the level of a great movie, but it's certainly a movie that holds the attention of the viewer. (8/10)

Reviewed by bilgirazzi 8 / 10

In one word fabulous

You will observe the insurrection of the noble and arrogant captain, the vigor of the master whaler, a second captain, and the struggle of nature with the crew's avid, novice, greedy, and criminal. Here we can understand that giving life struggle in the middle of a big ocean and reflecting the thrill and thrill of the wild whale is reflected as a bad character in the film.

Reviewed by dglink 8 / 10

Flawed, but Still Exciting and Entertaining

Inspired by true events, Ron Howard's "In the Heart of the Sea" is a literate, often exciting tale that is at once historical and informative, exciting and action filled, grueling and tragic. Charles Leavitt's well-written screenplay was based on a book by Nathaniel Philbrick, In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, which purports to show the events that inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick. In the middle of the 19th century, the young Melville travels to Nantucket and seeks out the last survivor of the whaling ship Essex, which disappeared thirty years earlier with much controversy. After some persuasion and with enough cash, Melville, played by Ben Wishaw, convinces Brendan Gleeson as Tom Nickerson to relate the shocking story, which Nickerson has not even shared with his wife, played by Michelle Fairley. The film's acting honors go to the seasoned trio featured in the Melville-Nickerson scenes, which flash back to the story of the Essex as Gleeson relates the events.

The actual tale of the Essex begins with Owen Chase, a strapping young seaman, who aspires to be captain of a whaler and has been promised a captaincy by the local shipowners. However, he is forced to accept first-mate status under an inexperienced captain, who has family connections. Chris Hemsworth certainly looks the part of Chase, a role that would have suited the young Sterling Hayden. Hemsworth's heroic looks, which at times resemble the youthful Nick Nolte, are perhaps too California-surfer to be convincing as a rugged seafarer. However, while he does have physical presence, a better actor could have deepened the characterization. The same comments apply to Benjamin Walker, who plays Chase's nemesis, Captain George Pollard, an untested captain who steers his ship and men carelessly into peril. Meanwhile, Cillian Murphy as Matthew Joy and Tom Holland as the young version of Nickerson provide able support among Pollard's crew.

Set to a beautiful score by Roque BaƱos, the film features exciting whale-hunting scenes, a fierce storm at sea, and a harrowing tale of survival. However, "In the Heart of the Sea" illustrates the importance of a strong lead even in a film rich with special effects and action at sea. Without Russell Crowe, "Master and Commander" would not have succeeded as it did; with actors of Crowe's caliber in the roles of Chase and Pollard, the film could have been a titanic clash of wills set against the forces of nature in the guise of a monstrous whale. However, even with its flaws, "In the Heart of the Sea" is fine entertainment, despite its failure to attain the heights to which director Howard aspired.

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