I really wanted to like this film. Alas, Ron Howard (usually ‘Mr Dependable’ in the director’s chair) has guided this big-budget seafaring adventure straight onto the reef. In the Heart of the Sea is ambitious but fails to develop its own identity, instead playing out like a highlight reel from better movies.
The film is based on the true story that inspired Moby Dick. As such, I entered the theatre expecting a hearty helping of gritty, high-fidelity historical whaleboat action. And, after a promising prologue, I delighted at the prospect of an enthralling high stakes captain-vs-first-mate joust (think Mutiny on the Bounty). These and other exciting elements are certainly present, but Heart fails to capitalise. Is it a survival epic? A monster movie? A period drama? It wants to be all these things but there’s only so much screen-time to go around.
The film benefits from handsome cinematography; and Benjamin Walker is solid as Captain Pollard (conversely Chris Hemsworth parades about with a silly accent, unaware of his lot as chiselled Hollywood eye-candy). But Heart is too enamoured with Moby Dick to strike out on its own. Revisit Master and Commander for high-seas adventure with more wind in its sails.
4 thoughts on “In the Heart of the Sea (2015)”
With you on this one. The characters aren’t developed AT ALL and Hemsworth is so miscast it literally distracted me for the first 30 minutes. His accent sounded more than silly!! The whales sure looked cool though, I was cheering on the whale bits because it was so heartless it turned into a monster/action movie for me
Yeah, so much potential for an awesome movie just wasted. I have not seen Rush so I can’t comment on Hemsworth’s performance there, but I have seen nothing to dispel the impression I have that he is a very ordinary actor who lucked out with the Thor role.
yep gotta agree with ya on Hemsworth
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