In the Heart of the Sea

2015

Action / Adventure / Biography / Drama / History / Thriller

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 42%
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IMDb Rating 6.9 10 102242

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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 petra_ste 6 / 10

Lightweight whale

Ron Howard's Moby Dick would be a funny thing indeed - like Michael Bay's Crime and Punishment. Howard has landed a few solid genre films (Ransom, Apollo 13...), but he is essentially a vanilla director making vanilla movies - a bad match for Melville's metaphysical masterpiece.

Thankfully, the connection with Moby Dick is a lot feebler; In the Heart of the Sea is an adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick's excellent novel, based on a true event - the sinking of the ship Essex by a whale - which inspired Melville's classic.

The movie commits three major narrative blunders.

First, the usual, overwrought framing device, with survivor Nickerson (Gleeson) recounting the disaster and the crew's following ordeal to Melville (Whishaw). Not only the meeting never happened (Nickerson wrote down his memoirs for a minor writer, who never used them); the movie keeps cutting to Nickerson and Melville, dissipating any tension and momentum the survivors' struggle may gather. Imagine a version of Cast Away where, every ten minutes on the island, we cut to a scene of Tom Hanks interviewed by a journalist after returning home.

Second problem: characters. The most interesting element of Philbrick's novel is how Captain Pollard (here played by Benjamin Walker), decent but irresolute, is the more sympathetic character, while first mate Chase (Chris Hemsworth), harsh but determined, is the more charismatic.

As is typical of blockbusters, the movie chooses a single protagonist (Chase/Hemsworth) and whitewashes him to an absurd extent. He was supposed to become Captain, but was robbed of his rank! (He wasn't - Pollard was the Essex' previous first mate). Chase was popular among the crew! (He wasn't, many feared and disliked him). And so on. Even Walker's supercilious Pollard eventually bows to Thor's superiority. A pity, because Chase would have been FAR more intriguing with his darker edges.

Third problem: Howard's penchant for melodrama rears its ugly head. Director and scriptwriters felt the need to spice up this compelling story with inventions (like the whale chasing the crew for weeks after the attack, or a one-harmed sailor warning them about the beast), while omitting details with the flavor of real life (a sailor setting an island on fire out of sheer idiocy, a hunting party aborted after a terrible roar in a jaguar-infested jungle) and crucial mistakes: Pollard wanted to sail to the Society Islands after the disaster, which would probably have saved many lives, but was irresolute enough to be persuaded by his officers to head to South America instead.

The result is watchable, but lightweight - the one adjective one would NEVER use for the literary classic the movie so portentously tries to evoke.

5,5/10

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.

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