Heart of the Sea

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  • PG-13
  • 2015
  • 6.9  (147,682)
  • 47

"Heart of the Sea" is a 2015 action-adventure film based on Nathaniel Philbrick's book "In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex." Directed by Ron Howard, the movie stars Chris Hemsworth as Owen Chase, a skilled first mate who is defied by his captain, George Pollard Jr. (played by Benjamin Walker), and forced to lead their crew out of a terrifying ordeal. Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson also form part of the ensemble cast. The film was produced by Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, and Cross Creek Pictures.

"Heart of the Sea" tells the story of the Essex, a whaling ship from Nantucket that was attacked and sunk by a giant sperm whale in the Pacific Ocean in 1820. The ship's crew, including Owen Chase, Captain George Pollard Jr., and the cabin boy, Thomas Nickerson (Tom Holland), are forced to survive on open boats for over three months. They endure starvation, thirst, and madness as they make their way back home to Nantucket.

The film is framed by a fictionalized version of the real-life Thomas Nickerson, who is interviewed by writer Herman Melville (Ben Whishaw) in the 1850s. Nickerson initially does not want to recount his experiences on the Essex, but he eventually relents, sharing the story of the whale that destroyed his ship and the events that followed.

The crew of the Essex is led by Captain George Pollard Jr., who comes from a family of sea captains but lacks experience and confidence. The more experienced first mate, Owen Chase, is initially passed over for promotion to captain, which causes tension between the two men. However, as the ship faces disaster, Pollard and Chase must work together to try and save their crew.

The movie focuses heavily on the relationship between Chase and Pollard as they struggle to lead the survivors to safety. Along the way, they encounter various obstacles, including treacherous storms and hostile natives. The crew also becomes increasingly desperate, ultimately resorting to cannibalism.

The cast is the most notable feature of "Heart of the Sea." Chris Hemsworth delivers a strong performance as Chase, playing up his character's ruggedness and determination. Cillian Murphy is also compelling as Matthew Joy, another member of the crew who is more sympathetic than the hard-edged Chase. Ben Whishaw shines as Melville, whose presence adds an extra layer of insight to the story.

The cinematography in "Heart of the Sea" is stunning, with vast shots of the ocean and impressive special effects used to bring the whale to life. The movie's intense action scenes are well-staged, showcasing the fear and desperation of the crew as they try to survive.

While "Heart of the Sea" is an engaging and thrilling film, it does suffer from a lack of depth when it comes to character development. The supporting characters are not given enough time to truly shine, and their arcs feel rushed and underdeveloped. The story also feels somewhat disjointed at times, with certain moments feeling disconnected from the rest of the narrative.

Overall, "Heart of the Sea" is an enjoyable and engaging adventure film that boasts an impressive cast and stunning visuals. While the film has its flaws, it is still a solid addition to the genre and a must-see for fans of action and adventure films.

Heart of the Sea is a 2015 thriller. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.9 and a MetaScore of 47.

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