In the Heart of the Sea (DVD)
In the Heart of the Sea (DVD)
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. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. “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. 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.]]>
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : 35268710
- Director : Ron Howard
- Media Format : AC-3, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC, Subtitled
- Run time : 2 hours and 1 minute
- Release date : March 8, 2016
- Actors : Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw
- Subtitles: : French, Spanish
- Producers : Sarah Bradshaw, Joe Roth, Palak Patel, Paula Weinstein, William Ward
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : WarnerBrothers
- ASIN : B01AH3QSEG
- Writers : Charles Leavitt, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,929 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Well, they managed to screw it up... Completely fabricated/changed large amounts of the story, changed the character of the people, and virtually ignored the harder aspects (I assume so people wouldn't be offended).
Some of the bigger issues:
- Melville "based" Moby Dick in part on Owen Chase's published account of the story. Thomas Nickerson's account was not published until
1984, and there is no evidence Melville ever talked to him
- Pollard was indeed a first time captain, and actually gave Owen Chase a fair amount of input on the running of the ship- completely opposite of
the movie's representations
- To (hopefully) no one's surprise, the whale did not pursue them across the Pacific following the wreck
- Chase did not send a boat back to the island (incorrectly identified), the three men were found almost a year after the Essex sank. Matthew
Joy died at sea in Chase's boat.
- 4 of the men were cannibalized, Owen Coffin drew the mark to be killed, and Pollard offered to protect him, which Coffin refused. (ironically,
Pollard had decided to make for South America, instead of the closer Marquesas, but allowed Chase and others to overrule him due to a fear
the islands may have cannibals)
- Owen Chase continued whaling for a further 19 years, 1 more trip as a first mate, the rest as captain, he did not go to sea as a merchant
- Pollard was not bent on pursuing the whale that sank the Essex, despite what the movie claims. He did however serve as captain for one
voyage on a merchant vessel, before leaving the sea to become Nantucket's night watchman.
As a fictional film about man battling with nature only to be humbled this is a fairly good film. It however fails a historical account.
Top reviews from other countries
I won't give the game away but the C.G.I is top notch!
The film or very well put together and the acting is brilliant to say the least.