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In the Heart of the Sea Review

I had heard that this movie didn't do well and it got bad reviews and didn't do well in the box office, maybe people were expecting more action based around the trailers for the film. But I had a feeling before going in that the movie would be like the book Moby Dick, which isn't the most exhilarating of books but it is a story of survival against the ocean and a massive beast. With this in mind I saw the film with my father who enjoy's these types of films and I must say the film was pretty decent. The big star was Chris Hemsworth as Owen Chase the First Mate of the Essex, a whaling ship for the Nantucket Whale Oil Company. Other actors included Tom Holland as Thomas Nickerson, Benjamin Walker as Captain George Pollard, Cillian Murphy as Matthew Joy, and Ben Whishaw as Herman Melville.

If you are expecting big action in the film then you are in the wrong screening, the movie is not big on action even with the Titanic Sperm Whale later to be called Moby Dick, no this film is a tragedy and survival story of the crew of the Essex. It has a lot of dramatic moments but for me what really got me was the attention to detail. The detail of the setting which takes place in the 1820's, the type of work needed to sail a massive ship on the high seas much more. Ron Howard did an excellent job with the attention of detail. The camera work in this film was different in that it put you into the perspective of these brave and cursed whalers.

One of the best parts of the film was where we see The Whale (Moby Dick) for the first time in the perspective of these whalers. The Essex had just been demolished and we see Hemsworth's Owen Chase see the massive tail of the whale and I thought to myself, how in the hell are these going to take on this whale. This is a good dramatic film about survival on the high seas, and if you like drama this is a good movie to watch. A solid 7 out of 10 as a score


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