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In the Heart of the Sea 2015

  • Ron Howard
  • December 11, 2015
  • 122 mins
  • English
  • Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller, History
Based on the incredible true story that inspired Moby Dick
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.  “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.


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This is going to be a strange comment, but there goes. I loved the story, and I thought the acting pretty great too. I didn't feel like there were lower keys from any of the cast, and it's really nice when everyone is even and giving great performances. But I did have a problem with the visuals of the movie. It was so perfect, so pretty, the light was just so artistic, that I found it took from the drama they were trying to display. It was just really off, how everything looked so beautiful while everyone was suffering, in pain, hungry, thirsty, afraid. In the end, as hard as I tried focusing on the performance, the background kept reminding me of how unreal the whole thing was. It was distracting and ultimately, disappointing. I felt the experience could have been much better if the visuals were just a little more somber.

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I get why this came and went. It's kind of an old school movie. And it got off to a slow start. But I'll be damned if I didn't start LOVING this when the Big Guy showed up. Thrilling stuff. That whale is so friggin big.

Chris hemsworth is a charismatic beast as usual. Future Spider-Man is also good. And that Gleeson dude is in this which is weird cuz the last movie I saw had him in it, The Guard.

Ron Howard can't catch a break. This was good and Rush is awesome.

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Another one of those movies where I´m not sure what this was all about and if or, for that matter, why I should recommend it.

I can only repeat what has been mentioned in other comments. It´s neither fish nor fowl, or whale for that matter. Anyway, I, too, had no affection for the characters, they were in general the bad guys here. I also do not think that the little bit of raising the finger at the end of the movie justifies all the wrong doing. If there was intend for a moral message it´s not getting through.

The plot promises an epic movie which this simply is not.

Technically I must add the CGI looked bad. I´m talking about the composite shots during the whale hunt. This looked like in the old days when they were acting in front of an actual piece of film beeing played on a screen. Very unnatural.

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