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In the Heart of the Sea (2015)



Critic Consensus: The admirably old-fashioned In the Heart of the Sea boasts thoughtful storytelling to match its visual panache, even if it can't claim the depth or epic sweep to which it so clearly aspires.

Movie Info

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. (C) Warner Brosmore
Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of action and peril, brief startling violence, and thematic material)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Peter Morgan, Charles Leavitt
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 8, 2016
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Chris Hemsworth
as Owen Chase
Benjamin Walker
as Captain George Polla...
Cillian Murphy
as Second Mate Matthew ...
Ben Whishaw
as Novelist Herman Melv...
Brendan Gleeson
as Tom Nickerson (Age 3...
Jordi Molla
as Captain of Ship Arch...
Charlotte Riley
as Peggy Chase
Frank Dillane
as Henry Coffin
Paul Anderson
as Caleb Chappel
Michelle Fairley
as Mrs. Nickerson
Joseph Mawle
as Benjamin Lawrence
Donald Sumpter
as Paul Mason
Andrew Crayford
as Customs Officer
Gary Beadle
as William Bond
Edward Ashley
as Barzillai Ray
Osy Ikhile
as Richard Peterson
Sam Keeley
as Ramsdell
Nicholas Jones
as Pollard Senior
Richard Bremmer
as Benjamin Fuller
Nordin Aoures
as First Mate
Santi Lopez
as Second Mate
Cristhian Esquivel
as Quichua Indian Trade...
Harry Jardine
as Rescue Ship Lookout
Jamie Michie
as Rescue Ship Captain
Andy Wareham
as John Sanborn
Frans Huber
as Nye (Sailor)
Mark Southworth
as Francis Easton
Christopher Keegan
as Shareholder
Stephanie Jacob
as Tally Woman
Luca Tosi
as Wright
Martin Wilde
as Benjamin Gardner
Michael Cronin
as Quaker Prayer Leader
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Critic Reviews for In the Heart of the Sea

All Critics (203) | Top Critics (42)

In the Heart of the Sea works as a survival drama, a rip-roaring adventure and even a monster movie, but what it really accomplishes, like Interstellar, is to remind us that once upon a time, humanity was unflinching in its thirst for discovery.

Full Review… | April 26, 2016
Hindustan Times

"In The Heart Of The Sea" is so flat it could be used to level a table.

Full Review… | April 14, 2016

The story is stolid at times, but the dynamic shots of the crew working the rigging and maintaining the boat look accurate and keep everything lively.

Full Review… | April 6, 2016
South China Morning Post

With action that varies between middling and tedious, the only winner in Hemsworth holding a harpoon aloft and starving for this Behind-the-Music tale is Hemsworth himself.

Full Review… | April 5, 2016

Exciting at times, but seemingly overly ambitious on others, it's not a complete waste of time, but it's hard not to expect more from such rich material in the hands of a filmmaker like Ron Howard.

Full Review… | March 31, 2016

The film's most affecting scenes (are of) Herman Melville interviewing a survivor of the wreck.They sit in a small living room, huddled as close as the survivors in a lifeboat - and as bound by the story of the Essex as was its ill-fated crew.

Full Review… | March 26, 2016

Audience Reviews for In the Heart of the Sea

So Hemsworth seems to have a different accent from moment to moment -- and none of them sound like he's from Nantucket. So what?! No one other than Fairley seems to be able to pull the accent off very well. The score -- while very good, is derivative. The film has its problems.

"In The Heart of The Sea" is nevertheless a very good film. The sets, costumes and effects are remarkable. The directing is strong, and although choppy at times, it spares the viewer from what easily could have been a long, slow slog had the director taken this film too seriously. It is, after all, a story about whalers sailing around the world and not catching anything for more than a year. A more "epic" approach almost certainly would have been very, very boring.

I liked this film a good deal. If you're a fan of period films like I am, this is a worthwhile movie.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

If you're reading this review of this film there's a good chance you might've read a couple of the others out there. A consensus becomes apparent: here is the typical fish story about the big one that got away. There's several reasons put forward and now I'll add mine to the tumult. This one was lost in the editing room where I believe the music of the piece got away. The shots are there for all to see, Howard's made a classic, its still in there, but the work should be recut. As it is you've several powerful what might have been images to gape open-mouthed at ... until there's a Director's Cut released.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


I hate when someone recounts a story in which he was not always present, but even if there is nothing like witnessing the sweet revenge of a beast (monster or victim?), this intense movie of evoking visuals grows even more compelling when showing the lengths that people can go to survive a horrible ordeal.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

In the Heart of the Sea Quotes

Owen Chase: You sent 'em into a storm?
Captain George Pollard: That... was unlucky.
Owen Chase: No, it was a bad seamanship, and blaming misfortune is just plain weakness.
– Submitted by Yumi T (53 days ago)
Captain George Pollard: We will surely perish out there.
Owen Chase: We might also survive.
– Submitted by Martim R (5 months ago)
Owen Chase: Look where we find ourselves. What offense did we give God to upset him so.
– Submitted by rob g (5 months ago)
Owen Chase: Hold on!
– Submitted by rob g (5 months ago)

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