In the Heart of the Sea (2015) Movie Summary
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 Film Synopsis
In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex is assaulted by something no one could believe—a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance.
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Excellent!This movie is fascinating to me. As I started to watch it I had to pause and research some history on whaling. This movie hits a philosophical and moral nerve between man and beast. It challenges our place within nature and whether one can be humbled at all by it. This is such an adventurous story and the imagery is awe-inspiring. I loved it!.Score: 5/5
Did nit live up to potentialNot in the same league as John Hustons brilliant Moby Dick. But that is probably an unfair comparison. This is the story of the true incident which inspired Melville to write his timeless novel. The film is beautifully shot and such actors as Brendon Gleeson and Cillian Murphy help it,but Chris Hemsworth is way out of his depth so to speak..Score: 3/5
BoringI rented this from iTunes i couldn’t get into it. It was boring. theres was no gimme back my son like most Ron Howard films. Hes losing it. It sure was no Splash :(.Score: 1/5
What the hell did Ron Howard do?The story of the Essex and those involved, as narrated in Nathaniel Philbrick's incredible history, is all but twisted into cartoonish nonsense in Ron Howard's ridiculous movie. Whereas the facts behind the sinking, and the incredible tale of survival, were enough to craft an incredible film, Howard has chosen to misrepresent characters and their roles, distort facts, and overuse CGI to create little more than a Hollywood superhero/monster movie akin to King Kong. In reading Philbrick's history, there was such potential for a gripping drama portraying the true terror and heroism of the individuals involved. Instead, this film ascribes events to the wrong individuals involved, twists historical moral dilemmas into pointless dramatic scenes, and senselessly makes it appear that the whale (which in reality attacked the Essex twice) followed the lifeboats for over 1,000 miles at which time Owen Chase made the politically correct decision to come to terms with his immorality of killing the world's wildlife and "save the whales." So much potential.... Wasted..Score: 1/5
In the heart of boringWhen watching this movie, I was amazed that Ron Howard directed it, because the editing, directing, and cinematography were all terrible. The characters were one dimensional to put it nicely and I was not invested at all in the story. Not worth your hard-earned money..Score: 2/5
Thor, Spider-Man, Mad Eye MoodyThis was actually a very great movie. I wish I could give it 10 stars. Fantastic..Score: 5/5
Horrible ActingThis movie had so much potential, but they ruined it by picking a horrible actor to play the main character. His accent is dreadful -- it's constantly changing from him trying to sound old-New Englander to his natural modern day voice. The result is that you can't stay engaged. You keep coming out of the movie..Score: 1/5
This movie is greatThis movie is great, and fun. I love this movie a lot. I love all of the characters in this movie. I love Chris Hemsworth in this movie. I love the big, huge whale in this movie. It is one of my all time favorite movies ever..Score: 5/5
What a bunch of Whiners!Rented the movie yesterday without reading the book. Came away from the movie feeling like I had seen a pretty good flick. Didn’t know if this was a true story or a yarn so I googled it and found out it was a true story. In fact I read the story as told by the first mate in his book printed in 1821. It’s a short book and can be read online. They did embellish the story a bit from the true account, but about 90% correct. My only regret now is that I didn’t watch it a second time before it expired. Definitely a rental movie and possibly a keeper. Just asked the wife if she could rate it between 1 & 5 stars and she said 4 and I told her about the bad rating on RT and she said forget those people. Watch it and enjoy it for what it is and don’t try and nit pic it to death..Score: 4/5
Great movieI really liked this movie. The acting was great and the action was gripping. I had read the book prior to seeing the movie which usually results in the movie being a disappointment, but not in this case. Very entertaining..Score: 4/5
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Great WhaleI liked the movie, adventurous, exciting, the whale appeared real. Whaling in the day of sailing ships was dangerous and Ron Howard showed the dangers. I have watched it twice now and enjoyed it both times. The acting was well done you could see and feel the tension between the caption and the first officer..Score: 4/5
Enjoyable MovieWasn't sure was it was all about . This isn't a Moby Dick movie, but rather a movie of the where this fictional story might have come from..Score: 4/5
Note parfaitePour amateurs de la mer.....très bon du début à la fin!!.Score: 5/5
Long and Boring!!!Waste of time and money,.Score: 1/5
Entertaining, funI love period movies and the special effect is amazing grew up watching moby dick this is the best version ever !!👍🏻.Score: 4/5
It is missingThe movie was ok but I really expected more to this movie. It was as if Ron Howards heart was not into making the movie. as for the actors, Brendan Gleeson & Ben Whishaw were Brilliant but they can be brilliant by just standing in the shot not saying anything. Chris Hemsworth & Benjamin Walker very 2 dimensional actors and really Chris you were doing your Thor voice in half the movie then changing your accent. Actually there were secondary actors who were 100% better such as Paul Anderson, Joseph Mawle or Cillian Murphy who could have done the lead roles better..Score: 3/5
In the Heart of the SeaA brilliant piece of cinematography! Depicting the hard life of men at sea, the dangers they faced and decisions that had to be made to survive. It's a real winner!.Score: 5/5
Inspired me to re-read Moby DickWith most movies it is easy for me to see where they have used green screans and animation. As well im very picky when it comes to actors and when I can tell if they are acting or not. Chris may have used his Thor voice in some of this movie but his acting was amazing! Five stars to Chris. At the begining I didnt find Benjamin was giving it his all but once the movie went along he fell into place. Cillian always does a great job in all the movies I have seen him in so enough said on that. I seen this movie four times when it was in theatres and the character Own Chase really captures me. This era really gets my attention how us humans once were and how different today is from back when. Everyone is different so I could love it and then next person might not. I am from Nova Scotia living in Ontario Canada and I am from a fisherman and whaling family so that could be possibly why im so in love with the story. I am also related to the Nickerson family. All in all Chris did an amazing job in my opinion. I see some bad feed back about the movie but I wonder how good at acting these critics are!?.Score: 5/5
The heart of the seaThis story had great potential. Unfortunately it wasn't played out like it could have been. I was deeply disappointed..Score: 2/5
Don't rent it for 99 cI paid 99 cents for this movie. (Movie of the week). I coudn't download it. I tried and paid again. Still doesn't work. I guess it was too good to be true. Thanks i tunes but never again..Score: 1/5
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