In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. May 1, 2001. In Atacames, Ecuador, the officers meet a Spanish captain who tells them his crew found the bountiful "Offshore Grounds" 2,000 miles to the west, but claims that a vengeful "white whale" destroyed his ship, killing six of his men. Back in the 1820s, the three boats are separated by the currents and one is lost. ISBN-13. [22][25] Regarding the film's disappointing opening, Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. distribution executive vice president said, "We stand behind Ron and his vision for the story, we believe in him. A dramatization of the disaster in April 2010, when the offshore drilling rig called the Deepwater Horizon exploded, resulting in the worst oil spill in American history. IN THE HEART OF THE SEA. Nickerson relates that a ship was sent to Henderson Island to rescue the surviving men there, Chase continued sailing the seas and became a merchant captain, which his wife had said earlier would not change her love for him, and Pollard led another expedition to find and kill the whale. It is told from an account of then young crew member, he now tells the story of adventure and misery in his older days. 0141001828. [19] The film was released in the Dolby Vision format in Dolby Cinema in North America.[20]. In the Heart of the Sea, recently adapted into a major feature film starring Chris Hemsworth, is a book for the ages. Four men decide to stay, while the rest set sail again on the boats with hopes to find land. In the Heart of the Sea was one of two flops released by Warner Bros in 2015, the other being Pan. Pollard reveals the truth in the inquiry, much to their anger. A passing ship rescues Pollard's boat, but Chase's boat continues to drift with no food or water. But some movies work and unfortunately some movies don't. Melville departs to compose his novel, Moby-Dick, beginning by writing its first line: "Call me Ishmael". IN THE HEART OF THE SEA is based on the true story that inspired Herman Melville's epic novel Moby-Dick.In the framing story, Melville (Ben Whishaw) visits an old, drunk Thomas Nickerson (Brendan Gleeson), hoping to entice him -- with lots of cash -- to share his true, unabridged account of what happened to the doomed Essex whaling ship.. Nickerson, who was a 14-year-old cabin boy in … The whale tale “In the Heart of the Sea” didn’t make much of a splash in its debut at the box office this weekend, opening second to “The Hunger Games” finale with just $11 million. The film premiered in New York City on December 7, 2015, and was released in cinemas in the United States on December 11, 2015, by Warner Bros. Pictures. However, he was never able to find the animal and the ship ran aground off the Hawaiian Islands and he was forced to retire. In this true tale (which inspired "Moby Dick"), a New England whaling crew wages a desperate battle to survive when a giant whale capsizes their ship. Nickerson initially refuses, but then finally agrees when his wife intervenes. The story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. In 1974, high-wire artist Philippe Petit recruits a team of people to help him realize his dream: to walk the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. There's an inherent romantic feel to maritime life, even as a tragic showing like Life of Pi or Titanic. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Three months pass with no further successes, and Pollard realizes that the Atlantic Ocean holds no sighting of whales. Losing the weight to this length, I just never want to do it again, but it had such an emotional effect on us... in some small way, we felt like we were doing what these men went through justice."[13]. He … The two collides frequently, and more than once their dispute ends up bringing malady to the ship and its crew.Chris Hemsworth is a great actor, however this is not the same level of rivalry he had in Rush. In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex In 1820, an angry sperm whale sank the whaleship Essex, leaving its desperate … The other two further resort to cannibalism to survive, with Pollard's cousin Henry Coffin sacrificing himself. An inspiration for 'Moby-Dick,' this epic drama tells the story of the sinking of an American whaling ship by a massive white whale. [16] He was recommended by Hans Zimmer,[17] who was initially approached. They find the undisturbed grounds, but when they launch the whaling boats, the white whale, a massive albino bull sperm whale attacks, damaging the boats and turning on the ship. From the author of Mayflower, Valiant Ambition, and In the Hurricane’s Eye–the riveting bestseller tells the story of the true events that inspired Melville’s Moby-Dick. [22] The film earned $3.8 million on its opening day, including $575,000 from its early Thursday night showings. In 1850, author Herman Melville visits innkeeper Thomas Nickerson, the last survivor of the sinking of the whaleship Essex, offering money in return for his story. There are parts where it seems to dawdle for ten or fifteen minute more than needs be, while some scenes are cut short and ultimately feels disjointed. After a moment of thought, Chase lowers his harpoon, deciding not to kill the creature. The whale of both In the Heart of the Sea and Moby-Dick is a charismatic beast; seeming to signify many contemporary themes – capitalism, religion, colonialism, morality, ecology, racism. In the Heart of the Sea, recently adapted into a major feature film starring Chris Hemsworth, is a book for the ages. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. The rest of the crew isn't compelling enough, in exception of young Nickerson who will eventually narrates it.For most part the visual is splendid, mainly when it transcends the barrier between sea line and underwater. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.9 and a MetaScore of 47. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. The film was originally scheduled to be released in the United States and Canada on March 13, 2015, but was later pushed back to December 11 in order to convert the film into 3D as well as to give it higher chances of being an awards season contender. Chase and Pollard clash, leading Pollard to sail into a storm against Chase's advice. Penguin Books. "[29] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 47 out of 100 based on 47 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Owen is a veteran sailor, who is promised a captain seat, but ultimately denied of the right because of nepotism favoring George. [6], Chris Hemsworth was cast to play the lead, Owen Chase, in June 2012. (2015). Chase harpoons it from the Essex's deck, but the whale staves the ship in half, killing two men. [30] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale. [7] Tom Holland won the role of young Nickerson in April 2013. In The Heart Of The Sea HD 6.90 122 min In 1850, author Herman Melville visits innkeeper Thomas Nickerson, the last survivor of the sinking of the whale-ship Essex, offering money in return for his story. [8] Cillian Murphy signed on as Matthew Joy in June. While it's a good ground for characterization and set-up, it might overhype its own story and break the pacing slightly. A recounting of a New England whaling ship's sinking by a giant whale in 1820, an experience that later inspired the great novel Moby-Dick. The older Nickerson is overcome with remorse for his cannibalism and stops his story, thinking his wife could not love him if she knew about it; however, when his wife comforts him, assuring him that she still loves him, he feels encouraged enough to finish. Let our editors help you find what's trending and what's worth your time. The production shut down for a day and a half, expanding the shoot to 73 days, exactly as filmmakers expected. In fact, Hemsworth has more connection with Gillian Murphy, the third in command, even though they have lesser screen time together. Roque Baños composed the film score. In the Heart of the Sea "In the Heart of the Sea" reveals the encounter's harrowing aftermath, as the ship's surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. "In the Heart of the Sea" begins with Herman Melville arranging a meeting with an elderly Thomas Nickerson, who recounts the story of the Essex during the … HD. 93 of 113 people found this review helpful. [3], In the United States and Canada, the film opened on December 11, 2015, in 3,103 theaters, including a number of 3D and IMAX theaters. It was released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on May 17, 2016. [23] In its opening weekend, it earned $11.1 million, finishing below expectations and narrowly losing to Mockingjay – Part 2, which earned $11.4 million. In the Heart of the Sea is a 2015 thriller with a runtime of 2 hours and 2 minutes. To get the right effect, 500 gallons of icy water were poured from cannons. It is by no fault of Benjamin Walker who does try to fulfill the role, but he doesn't portray the personality clash of an epic saga. It offers the high adventure of a shipwreck and prolonged effort at rescue. After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he's caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. Starring: Chris Hemsworth Benjamin Walker Cillian Murphy Brendan Gleeson Ben Whishaw. There are oceans already sloshing through “ In the Heart of the Sea,” the latest from the director Ron Howard, about the shipwreck that was an inspiration for … Add the first question. ‘In the Heart of the Sea’ Review: Stranded at Sea The story of the sinking of a ship in the South Pacific by a giant sperm whale that inspired ‘Moby-Dick’ You could say that Ron Howard's latest feature, adapted from Nathaniel Philbrick's acclaimed nonfiction book "In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex," is about the real incident that partly inspired Herman Mellville's novel "Moby-Dick"—the 1820 destruction of a whaling vessel by a murderously angry sperm whale. Granted, it doesn't navigate well enough under some waves, yet this homage to a great classic has its enchanting and inspiring moments. This book, In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, is a story of a whaleship that was attacked by a giant bull sperm whale in the “heart,” or middle of the Pacific Ocean while on a voyage to acquire whale oil, Nantucket’s prime commodity. [28] It went No. On some scenes it pans out so nicely it brings an alluringly harrowing view of ocean, its human drifters and beastly occupants. In the Heart of the Sea is a 2015 historical adventure-drama film directed and produced by Ron Howard and written by Charles Leavitt. In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex is assaulted by something no one could believe—a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. Philbrick takes us inside the tragedy with painstaking care and newly discovered research. The whale follows and attacks again, but they escape to the tiny Henderson Island. 7.9 x 5.2 x 1 inches. JOHNNYANGEL2010. Print length. The white whale suddenly returns, and Chase gets into position for a final attack. [24] Many box office analysts said the low opening was because audiences' enthusiasm was focused on the arrival of Star Wars: The Force Awakens the following week. Fortunately, Brendan Gleeson and Michelle Fairley are capable enough to maintain their own mini subplot.The actual voyage consists of two leads, Owen Chase (Chris Hemsworth) and George Pollard (Benjamin Walker). Was this review helpful to you? In the Heart of the Sea is a 2015 historical adventure-drama film directed and produced by Ron Howard and written by Charles Leavitt. Final", "In The Heart Of The Sea is ravishing and very corny", "Teen Choice Awards 2016 Nominations Announced: See the "First Wave" of Potential Winners", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=In_the_Heart_of_the_Sea_(film)&oldid=1022814553, Films about survivors of seafaring accidents or incidents, Films shot at Warner Bros. 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When two brothers are stranded by a brutal winter storm with an unpredictable father they barely know, the boys begin to suspect their supposed protector may be their biggest threat. The crew abandons the sinking Essex in the three intact whaling boats, and must sail hundreds of miles to shore with very limited supplies. "In the Heart of the Sea" reveals the encounter's harrowing aftermath, as the ship's surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. 320 pages. The owners hire veteran whaler Owen Chase as first mate, though he is disappointed not to receive a captain's commission. A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Major Percival Fawcett, who disappeared whilst searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s. It is said that we understand more about space than our own sea, although one thing both realms have in common is the propensity to convey epic journeys to silver screen. Before Benjamin Walker was set to play the Captain, other actors that were considered included Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, and Henry Cavill. The tale of the Essex is a remarkable story. 2 in South Korea with $2.6 million, behind local hit Inside Men, Mexico with $1.9 million, behind The Good Dinosaur and Brazil with $1.3 million, behind The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. 50% of the plays were in 3D with 156 IMAX theaters which accounted for 7% of the total opening. 978-0141001821. Publisher. Spoilers for In the Heart of the Sea (and the true story behind it) ahead. It has overall bluish tone that keeps the cold isolation vibe while the gigantic whale, though we know it's CG as whale is too much of a diva to work with, is still pretty convincing in close up.Plot keeps a straightforward momentum, although it may be inconsistent sometimes. Dimensions. The film was in development back in 2000, with Barry Levinson set to direct for Miramax Films. Debut", "Box office: 'In the Heart of the Sea' could be sunk by 'Mockingjay' (and 'Star Wars')", "Box Office: 'In the Heart of the Sea' Flops With $11 Million Debut", "Holdovers Top Chart; 'Heart Of The Sea', 'Point Break' See Small Swells – Intl B.O. In the Heart of the Sea review – Apollo 13 with scurvy and beards Ron Howard engagingly reworks the story that inspired Moby-Dick, with Chris Hemsworth and Cillian Murphy among a … The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. Whether you're ready for the return of your favorite show or need to catch up, May is packed with an array of returning series. In the Heart of the Sea received mixed reviews from critics, and was a box-office bomb, grossing $93 million against a $100 million budget.[3]. The legend of the giant, white whale in Moby-Dick was difficult for some readers, and even some sailors, to swallow. About In the Heart of the Sea. In the early nineteenth century it was very common for communities to rely upon specialized products as a source of income. [13], During one point of filming, the cast and crew were forced to retreat to their hotel by a storm off the Canary Islands, which turned into a rare flash flood. In the Heart of the Sea chronicles a shocking whale attack that shipwrecked 20 men thousands of miles from shore with limited supplies and no hope of rescue. The Essex sails past Cape Horn to the Pacific, hoping for better luck in catching one. The survivors are all brought back to Nantucket, where they finally reunite with their distraught families. [18] Internationally, Warner Bros. decided to open the film early overseas—a week before its United States December 11 opening—to avoid competition with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which began its theatrical overseas from December 16. [32], 2015 American biographical adventure-drama film directed by Ron Howard, "Cillian Murphy's 'Peaky Blinders' Renewed for a Second Season", "Chris Hemsworth To Topline Maritime Adventure 'In The Heart Of The Sea,' DreamWorks Circling", "Chris Hemsworth Boards Whale Of A Tale 'In The Heart Of The Sea'; Will DreamWorks Bite? He's a terrific filmmaker. A phenomenal telling of the disaster at sea, that spurred Herman Melville to write Moby Dick,In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick is exceptional. [31], Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, writing for the AV Club, calls the film "ravishing and very corny". View production, box office, & company info, Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and peril, brief startling violence, and thematic material, Tom Holland to Star in Apple Anthology Series ‘Crowded Room’ From Akiva Goldsman, ‘Citadel’: Osy Ikhile & ‘Midnight Sky’s’ Caoilinn Springall Join Amazon’s Russo Brothers Global Event Series; 7 Set To Recur, A Celebration of Tom Holland’s Dark Side, 10 Things to Know About "Fear the Walking Dead" Star Frank Dillane, Movies Based On Books That Will Come Out In 2015. It is based on Nathaniel Philbrick's 2000 non-fiction book of the same name, about the sinking of the American whaling ship Essex in 1820, an event that inspired Herman Melville's 1851 novel Moby-Dick. In the Heart of the Sea. Soon after, one of the men dies, and the remaining crew reluctantly decide to cannibalize him. But that told only half the story. [28], On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 43% based on 237 reviews and an average rating of 5.49/10. The story turns to 1820: a whaling company in Nantucket has refitted the Essex to participate in the lucrative whale oil trade, and 14-year-old Nickerson signs on as a cabin boy. Nickerson initially refuses, but then finally agrees when his wife intervenes. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. [9], Principal photography began in September 2013 in London and at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden in Hertfordshire, England. It is based on Nathaniel Philbrick's 2000 non-fiction book of the same name, about the sinking of the American whaling ship Essex in 1820, an event that inspired Herman Melville's 1851 novel Moby-Dick. “In the Heart of the Sea” is a fantastically well-written account of the true story of a whaling ship that was sunk by a whale in the 1820’s. The story of New Zealand's Robert "Rob" Edwin Hall, who on May 10, 1996, together with Scott Fischer, teamed up on a joint expedition to ascend Mount Everest. Delays Chris Hemsworth-Led In the Heart of the Sea", "Box Office: 'In the Heart of the Sea' Hits Stormy Waters With $17.1M Foreign Debut", "Time Warner Reports Mixed Quarterly Results Due to Movie Flops", "Box Office: 'In The Heart Of The Sea' Drowns With $3.78M Friday, 'The Big Short' Hits Jackpot", "Box Office: Ron Howard's 'Heart of the Sea' Capsizes With $11M U.S. "In the Heart of the Sea" reveals the encounter's harrowing aftermath, as the ship's surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Language. This FAQ is empty. English. Director: Ron Howard. Drawing from dramatic firsthand accounts and fascinating recent discoveries, Philbrick brings to light an unforgettable and harrowing true story of high-seas adventure and survival. The two agree to put their differences aside, rather than risking their reputations by returning to port without profit, and soon, the crew kills their first bull sperm whale. Based on the real-life event, when a gold and copper mine collapses, it traps 33 miners underground for 69 days. Finally, with the survivors on the verge of death, they reach land. Hip-hop artist Jay-Z organizes the "Budweiser Made In America" music festival. [10][11] It was also shot on location on the island of La Gomera (plus some scenes on Lanzarote) in the Canary Islands, Spain. The site's critical consensus reads, "The admirably old-fashioned In the Heart of the Sea boasts thoughtful storytelling to match its visual panache, even if it can't claim the depth or epic sweep to which it so clearly aspires. [27], In the Heart of the Sea was released internationally a week prior to its United States opening in 38 markets and grossed a total of $18.5 million with 3.3 million admissions on over 9,500 screens. [22] Box Office Mojo projected an opening weekend gross of $18 million, noting that the film's only competition was with the holdover of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (in its fourth weekend of play). 1 in Russia and the CIS ($2 million), Italy ($1.7 million) and several other Asian markets such as Thailand and Taiwan and No. But that told only half the story. ISBN-10. In the Heart of the Sea was released on DVD, Blu-ray & Blu-ray 3D on March 8, 2016. The Nantucket ships' owners ask Pollard and Chase to cover up the story to protect the industry's reputation, but Chase, deciding he has had enough of their dishonesty and that he no longer cares about them, refuses to go along and resigns. An inspiration for 'Moby-Dick,' this epic drama tells the story of the sinking of an American whaling ship by a massive white whale. Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment. While gathering food, Chase discovers the corpses of earlier castaways, and concludes that the crew will soon die on the island before another ship passes by. Need some help finding the best things to watch on Netflix? Dismissing the story as a myth, Pollard and Chase lead the expedition west. The whale breaches for a moment, allowing Chase to observe a portion of his previously thrown harpoon still embedded above the whale's eye. In the Heart of the Sea Summary Thanks for exploring this SuperSummary Plot Summary of “In the Heart of the Sea” by Nathaniel Philbrick. Get a sneak peek of the new version of this page. Use the HTML below. "[26] In its third weekend the film was pulled from 72.3% of theaters (3,103 to 685), the 4th biggest drop in history at the time. Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy Watch all you want. A modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, SuperSummary offers high-quality study guides that feature detailed chapter summaries and analysis of major themes, characters, quotes, and essay topics. An international co-production between the United States and Spain, the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson. In the Heart of the Sea (4,948) 6.9 2 h 1 min 2015 X-Ray PG-13. The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex (Penguin, ISBN: 0-14-100182-8) The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the nineteenth century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the twentieth. [21] It grossed $25 million in North America and $68.9 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $93.9 million, against a production budget of $100 million. The captain is George Pollard, an inexperienced mariner from an established whaling family who envies Chase's skill and popularity. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. [12] For the storm scenes, the production team built a water tank at Leavesden Studios, where a deck was built on top of a gimbal to mimic the pitch of a storm. In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with … This is the same attribute "In the Heart of the Sea" has, and even though there are minor blemishes, it still produces a good human drama shown by impeccable visual atmosphere.This is a retelling of a particular ship's ordeal, also an inspiration for the novel Moby Dick. [14], In an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Hemsworth stated that to prepare for the role of starving sailors, the cast were on a diet of 500–600 calories a day to lose weight. It turns out that Melville knew the story of the Essex and the tale inspired some of the events in Moby-Dick. The Coast Guard makes a daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952. Verified Purchase | Posted 4 years ago. You May Also Like In the Heart of the Sea (Movie Tie-In): The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex In 13th-century Ireland, a group of monks must escort a sacred relic across a landscape fraught with peril. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down. Publication date. An international co-production between the United States and Spain, the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson. Search for "In the Heart of the Sea" on Amazon.com, Title: "In the Heart of the Sea" reveals the encounter's harrowing aftermath, as the ship's surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. But that told only half the story. 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