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.
To start off with, I was quite interested in “In the Heart of the Sea”. I like the story about Moby Dick and I was excited to see how they translated the story into this new film. Luckily Ron Howard did not let me down and I thought the movie as a whole was pretty great. I liked how they actually kind of “told” the story inside of the movie and the actors all performed quite well. Hemsworth isn’t always the most refined actor in the field, at least in my opinion, but in this story it really doesn’t matter as it really fit in with the 1820 setting. Talking about the setting, the scenery was quite beautiful and both the ships and the whale(s) where beautifully portrayed. In the end I believe you will find a lot of enjoyment in this film and I think you should give it a shot.
Ron Howard, a director who rarely let me down tackling the infamous story of Moby Dick should have been a homerun. Sadly, I wasn't fond of "In The Heart Of The Sea". While I like all the performances and especially the one from Chris Hemsworth, I couldn't really relate to any of the characters. Thanks to this, I didn't care about any of them. This is due to it's story, which was kind of a bore from time to time when some scenes were dragging on for far too long. Another problem is that for the most part nothing really happens and you are just sitting and waiting for something that isn't coming. That something is Moby Dick himself who we rarely even see in his own movie. With that being said, both the CGI and the setting were well done and I'd recommend "In The Heart Of The Sea" to everyone who is interested in the subject matter.
"In The Heart Of The Sea" tells the story of Moby Dick. However, what sets this film apart from all the other adaptations, is that we get to see more of a survival type of story instead of an action oriented one. This might be a turn off for some people who don't like that genre. For those who don’t like this prominent survival aspect, the movie can get a bit boring from time to time. With that being said, all the performances are good and the actors really commit to their roles. Moreover we can’t say anything bad about the CGI and the scenery as both were quite on point. We want to recommend this film to anyone who likes a movie about survival.