Movie Review: In the Heart of the Sea

In the Heart of the Sea is a 2015 American biographical adventure thriller film based on Nathaniel Philbrick's 2000 non-fiction book of the same name about the sinking of the American whaling ship Essex in 1820, an event that inspired the tale of Moby-Dick. Directed by Ron Howard, the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson. The film had a budget of $100 million and is shown in 3D as well as IMAX.

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The story goes like this: 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. "In the 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.

In the Heart of the Sea is of action, adventure, biography, drama, and thriller genre, which runs for approximately 122 minutes. It's rated PG-13 in most countries for intense sequences of action and peril, brief startling violence, and thematic material. I didn't really expect much from the film as there was not much buzz about it but since it was directed by Ron Howard, I thought I'd give it a chance. The film started a bit dull and boring, with its setting in the early 1800's. As the film progressed, things started to get exciting especially when they started their whaling. There were a lot of action scenes and the effects were really cool. But the drama part was the one that struck me, and it was something I didn't expect. I suggest that you see it. And for some weird reason, some scenes reminded me of the 1997 movie Titanic. Maybe because there was sinking involved or the way the story was narrated. But I could really draw comparisons between the two films. Overall, it was a good movie. It's probably not meant to be a blockbuster hit but still beautiful on its own.

RATING: 4 out of 5 STARS


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xoxo Nash


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