ACTORS – Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw
DIRECTOR – Ron Howard
CERT – 12A
You’re gonna need a bigger boat.
In the Heart of the Sea is now showing at the Garden City Cinema in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.
Directed by Ron Howard and with a decent cast, In the Heart of the Sea is the story Moby Dick is based on.
At the beginning of the film Herman Melville (Ben Whishaw), author of Moby Dick, visits aging survivor Thomas Nickerson (Brendan Gleeson) to hear his version of what happened to him and his crew mates on the S.S. Essex years before.
Set during the height of the whaling industry, when whale oil was a big commodity and due to this whale numbers are dimishing, the crew have to travel further than usual to find whales. The Essex eventually tracks down some whales and slaughters them. It’s during one particular hunt when a giant white whale appears and attacks the boat.
Chris Hemsworth is first mate Owen Chase, who locks horns with the captain, he’s our ‘hero’ and while he’s not terrible in the role, he’s not great either.
I wasn’t really interested in the story and I’m still not interested in the story. This seafaring adventure just fell flat for me. There just isn’t enough meat on the bones of this story to sink your teeth into. Which funnily enough echos the film and the crew’s decent into cannabilism to stay alive once their ship is destroyed by the whale.
It seems no film can do justice to the epic story of Moby Dick, even its inspiration is too big a story.
Click here to book tickets to see In the Heart of the Sea at the Garden City Cinema in Welwyn Garden City.
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