In the Heart of the Sea

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Based on the true story that inspired Herman Melville’s book, Moby Dick, a giant white sperm whale turns and attacks a whaling ship in the adventure-thriller, In the Heart of the Sea. This story begins in 1850 when writer Herman Melville (Ben Whishaw) visits the house of an alcoholic sailor named, Tom Nickerson (Brendan Gleeson). Melville asks him to tell the story about how his ship was lost 30 years earlier in the South Pacific as a young Thomas Nickerson (Tom Holland). The trouble in this maritime disaster begins when an experienced whaler named Owen Chase (Chris Hemsworth) is passed over to be the Captain of the newest whaling ship named the Essex, and the position is handed to inexperienced sailor George Pollard (Benjamin Walker) because of his privileged family name. (I’m still waiting for that to happen to me.) Owen is made first mate and is soon at odds with the Captain when he orders the Essex to sail into the middle of a major storm. The ship does manage to escape – with heavy damage – but before they are even able to be fully operational the Captain has the members of the crew harpooning whales for their oil. Things go drastically wrong when a large white whale attacks the Essex and sinks it, setting the crew adrift in the Pacific in three small boats over two hundred miles from land. When the crew begins to die of starvation, desperate decisions are made to keep the sailors alive. This is the sixth time Ron Howard directs a film based on true life events. It has a nice amount of drama and even good action but what a movie like this needs is heart. Unfortunately, there is no real emotional attachment with the characters. Half way through the film, it turns into a survival movie and the audience really doesn’t care if anybody survives. (I was kind of voting for the whale.) I’m sure Chris Hemsworth looked great, but the script just didn’t provide the dialogue needed to make the acting great. The sound effects were fantastic, but I heard from several people that the 3D just wasn’t needed. I enjoyed this film but I don’t see it winning any awards and I’m giving it a B rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.  I rely more on a good story line than special effects.