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.
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|Rating:||PG-13 (for intense sequences of action and peril, brief startling violence, and thematic material)|
|Genre:||Drama, Action & Adventure|
|Directed By:||Ron Howard|
|Written By:||Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Peter Morgan, Charles Leavitt|
|In Theaters:||Dec 11, 2015 Wide|
|On DVD:||Mar 8, 2016|
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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.
"In The Heart Of The Sea" is so flat it could be used to level a table.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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