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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as Owen Chase
as Captain George Pollard
as Second Mate Matthew Joy
as Novelist Herman Melville
as Tom Nickerson (Age 30 Years)
as Captain of Ship Archimedes
as Peggy Chase
as Henry Coffin
as Caleb Chappel
as Mrs. Nickerson
as Benjamin Lawrence
as Paul Mason
as Customs Officer
as William Bond
as Barzillai Ray
as Richard Peterson
as Pollard Senior
as Benjamin Fuller
as First Mate
as Second Mate
as Rescue Ship Lookout
as Rescue Ship Captain
as John Sanborn
as Nye (Sailor)
as Francis Easton
as Tally Woman
as Benjamin Gardner
as Quaker Prayer Leader
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Critic Reviews for In the Heart of the Sea
The vintage grotesquerie of the regular old whaling process turns out to be more disturbing than the dark adventures that are In the Heart of the Sea's reason for being.
Warner Bros. would have been better off sticking with the film's original March release date and selling it as a horror movie.
If you want a Ron Howard movie about a man obsessed with a creature from the deep, "In the Heart of the Sea," sadly, is not the place to start. Try "Splash."
If a silent whale is your most magnetic screen presence, he should probably appear for more than a few minutes.
There's a hollow at the heart of things, a strange decency and politeness for a film that strives to depict, in epic form, man's dark and visceral struggle with the world and himself.
Audience Reviews for In the Heart of the Sea
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 film of evocative visuals grows even more compelling when showing the lengths that people can go to survive a horrible ordeal.
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.
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.|
|Captain George Pollard:||We will surely perish out there.|
|Owen Chase:||We might also survive.|
|Owen Chase:||Look where we find ourselves. What offense did we give God to upset him so.|
|Owen Chase:||Hold on!|