Sunday, 20 December 2015

In the Heart of the Sea

UK Release Date: 26th December 2015

A recounting of a whaling ship's sinking by a giant whale in 1820 that would inspire the great novel, Moby Dick (

Director: Ron Howard (The Da Vinci Code, Frost/Nixon, Rush)

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Ben Wishaw, Brendan Gleeson

In the Heart of the Sea is supposed to be the true account of the famous white whale we know from the novel Moby Dick. Herman Melville (Wishaw), an amateur writer, seeks out Tom Nickerson (Gleeson) to speak of his voyage at sea with the infamous first mate, Owen Chase (Hemsworth). This adaption is a stylishly contemporary approach. The way it looks, the way it feels makes it available for all, not just a particular audience. Chris Hemsworth's main man is the heart of the sea, making us feel his joy, feel his pain. Others barely make a stand. The sea and the creature it holds are much more interesting to watch than other characters. When things go bad it's hard to care what happens to them. ITHOTS's story unfolds very slowly, its 122 minute running time dragging harder than the feet of a sulking child. The whale's first glimpse comes around the half way mark, and by that point I'd lost interest. 


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