Tuesday, December 29, 2015

In the Heart of the Sea

In The Heart of the Sea

On Sunday I watched In the Heart of the Sea (2015) by Hollywood Walk of Famer Ron Howard, whom you may also remember from making EDtv, The Da Vinci Code and of course the impeccable Bryce Dallas-Howard, perhaps his finest accomplishment. Since we received compensatory tickets from Kinepolis for the botched MJ2 viewing, which is nice, but I couldn't convince my siblings to watch The Martian, which is why we decided to have a whale of a good time watching Thor Chris Hemsworth instead. I honestly didn't know much about the movie, so I was completely in the dark and could only let it was over me. We watched In the Heart... in 3D, which I am not really a fan of, and I thought that it was wasted a bit here. More on that later.

Let's dive into the summary.

The skinny


Promised a captain's commission by the trading company after his last voyage, experienced whale hunter Owen Chase (Hemsworth) is snubbed in favor of the inexperienced George Pollard (Benjamin Walker), who happens to come from an established whaling family. Pollard, who dislikes Chase's skill and popularity, one day sails into a storm against Chase's advice, nearly sinking the ship. They agree to put their differences aside rather than risking their reputations by returning to port without profit. When three months pass with very little successes, Pollard decides to sail for the Pacific, meeting a Spanish captain in Atacames, Ecuador, who tells him his crew found the bountiful "Offshore Grounds". Despite his warning about a vengeful white whale, Pollard leads the expedition west.


The review


The story of the Essex is told through the eyes of cabin boy Thomas Nickerson (Tom Holland/Brendan Gleeson), interviewed by writer Herman Melvile (Ben Whishaw) for his upcoming book, forming a bothersome and rather unnecessary narrative framing device. Then there's the shoddy CGI, which looked off, and the dull dialogue, having Howard's acrobatic camerawork and the A-list cast's impressive performances fall rather flat. In the Heart of the Sea definitely had some spectacular moments, but it is abundantly clear that Howard, much like Pollard, didn't really know where he wanted to go. Nevertheless, In the Heart... is a solid is a solid adventure, even if it fails to reach any heroic highs during its 121-minute rune.

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