In the Heart of the Sea

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Drama
Running Time:  121 min.
Release Date: December 11, 2015
DVD: March 8, 2016

Current rating: Rating: 4.04
based on 178 votes and 24 reviews
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Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson


In the early 1800s, Owen Chase (Chris Hemsworth) is offered a spot as First Mate on the New England whaling ship Essex. The problem is, he was promised a position as Captain on the voyage, but George Pollard (Benjamin Walker), the less-experienced son of a wealthy sailing family, has been given that post instead. Chase almost turns it down, but when he gets a promise in writing that he won't be overlooked next time, he agrees to sign on.

Under Pollard's inexperienced direction, the sailors endure hardship and although they harpoon and kill one whale for its oil, they don't want to go back home until they've found more. They sail south where they hear there have been whale sightings. As they're about to harpoon more whales, the vessel is attacked by a whale of mammoth size and will. The real-life maritime disaster went on to inspire Herman Melville's classic novel, Moby-Dick.

Director: Ron Howard
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Producer(s): Brian Grazer, Paula Weinstein, Ron Howard, Joe Roth, Will Ward
Screenplay: Charles Leavitt
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  • 2 stars "2.5 stars. It was middle of the road. The CGI bothered me. I felt it could have been better. But it does go to show what men would do for oil (Whale oil or the new ground oil mentioned at the end of the movie). And it shows mans vengance and pride can get you killed. Then what you will do to stay alive...even though YOU actually did create the whole situation to begin with. Decent, but I wasn't blown away and will likely forget about it."
  • 1 star "Slow moving and basically a rip off of the movie Orca."
  • 3 stars "Surprisingly exciting and very well shot. Better than Moby Dick the book!"