Based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Nathaniel Philbrick, In the Heart of the Sea is a historical biopic thriller directed by Ron Howard, with adaptation of the true event coming from Charles Leavitt. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson, the film is about the sinking of a sperm whale ship called The Essex in 1820.
Now, there are a lot of things wrong with In the Heart of the Sea, and even though we’re all familiar with the subject content, Ron Howard manages to find something unique in the way the story is told. Mainly enhanced by the visuals, which are truly spectacular, the CGI almost draws you away from the common subject matter. Hemsworth delivers a performance that saves scenes from becoming tedious, and his involvement in the film may have served him better had the screenplay been a little more interesting. In the Heart of the Sea doesn’t offer audiences anything other than aesthetics and good acting performances – but still has enough about it to make it watchable at least.
“We are supreme creatures made in God’s own likeness. Earthly kings, whose business it is to circumnavigate the planet bestowed to us. To bend nature to our will.” – George Pollard