• In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

In the Heart of the Sea

Release Date: December 11th, 2015

PG-13 |1 hr 56 min

Plot Summary

In 1820, crewmen (Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy) aboard the New England vessel Essex face a harrowing battle for survival when a whale of mammoth size and strength attacks with force, crippling their ship and leaving them adrift in the ocean. Pushed to their limits and facing storms, starvation, panic and despair, the survivors must resort to the unthinkable to stay alive. Their incredible tale ultimately inspires author Herman Melville to write "Moby-Dick."

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw, Michelle Fairley, Tom Holland, Paul Anderson

Director: Ron Howard

Genres: Action , Adventure , Historical drama

Production Co: A.I.E., Cott Productions, Imagine Entertainment, Roth Films, Spring Creek Productions, Enelmar Productions

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Keywords: Intense, Survival, Bar, Emotional, Wife, Sacrifice, Escape, House

Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    Fionnuala HalliganScreen International

    Fluid, shifting and tense, the action here easily outstrips the film’s basic set-up (man tests himself against nature, is humbled), which can feel like unconvincing filler between surges of effects work. show more

  • 0
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    The script, by Charles Leavitt, is dead in the water, and the drama is too, despite billowing sails and pods of whales. Instead of “Jaws” it’s a turgid “Tails.” show more

  • 50
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    A sort of maritime Donner Party, In the Heart of the Sea is a rugged but underwhelming true-life drama of a cursed 19th century whaling voyage. show more

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