Ron Howard's next movie takes to the waters to tell a tale of survival, human nature, tragedy and obsession in this account of a whale hunting trip gone wrong that inspired the beloved Moby Dick novel. In the heart of the sea seems like it could be an interesting movie since Ron Howard has expressed how he wanted to make this film for some time. More importantly, this film will once again give the spotlight to Chris Hemsworth, an actor mostly known for playing the hammer-wielding prince of Asgard in the marvel cinematic universe, but he won't be alone since he will be surrounded by a great ensemble cast.
Here's the plot synopsis:
n 1820, the whaling ship Essex is crewed by the Captain George Pollard, Jr., first officer Owen Chase, second officer Matthew Joy, and cabin boy Thomas Nickerson. During their voyage, the ship is sunk when it is rammed and split in half by a very large and enraged bull sperm whale, ultimately leaving its crew shipwrecked at sea for 90 days and more than a thousand miles from land.After the attack, the crew sails for South America and is forced to resort to cannibalism.
The movie itself is more than a simple depiction of a tragedy, it is also a story that explores obsession and human nature. The members of the Essex crew were stranded without food for days and resorted to killing each other as a means of avoiding death by starvation. It really does have an impact on you because it shows how human beings are willing to turn on each other in moments of desperation or certain peril when they feel that remaining true to themselves won't benefit them, or in this case, keep them alive.
The story being depicted in the film is interesting, but there is also a concern about how this film will perform at the box office. In the heart of the sea will be coming out during a time when other bigger and more highly anticipated movies will be released, such as Krampus, The Big short, and Victor Frankenstein. This movie may struggle to attract enough viewers and that could potentially hurt its chances at the box office. It's possible people might show up to see Hemsworth or simply check out Howard's latest film, but will that be enough to ensure that the film has a sizable box office return? Or maybe the idea of Spider-Man and Thor's first semi-unofficial team up movie will generate enough hype to draw in a larger audience ( sorry, couldn't resist ). This film could go either way, but there is some room for concern given its release date. It's best to see what happens during its opening weekend.