In the Heart of the Sea

In the Heart of the Sea

Blu-ray Disc - 2016
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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 Melville2s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. This story reveals the encounter2s harrowing aftermath, as the ship2s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive.
Publisher: [United States] : Warner Home Video, [2016]
Edition: Rental
Branch Call Number: BLU-RAY IN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (122 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Moby Dick by Herman Melville

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Nov 10, 2018

If there were more scenes involving whales and their fight for survival, this one would have been a lot better. It also could be cut by at least 30 minutes if the precious blather / endless cliches were reduced.
If someone wants a better feel for life on a fishing boat, they should take out the masterly "Leviathan" - a documentary of a fishing boat out of New Bedford, Mass. It only uses the sounds of the boat / birds / fish and dispenses with any mushy soundtrack.

Jul 11, 2018

A pretty interesting movie, I love the actors though.

Jul 10, 2018

It was kind of cool but a little dull and confusing… Chris Hemsworth and Tom Holland are always going to be amazing actors, which I was of the reasons I even watched this :)

May 02, 2018

Based on a true story. The close up exposure to some of the intricacies of sailing an old whaling ship is excellent, and the CGI of the whales themselves is even better (but not for the faint of heart - whales are injured, and one is killed and butchered). Took away half a star for the unnecessary (but inevitable) "Hollywood" happy ending (in real life Chase did not have a change of heart and become a merchant captain after his encounter with the big whale - he continued whaling for the remainder of his career).

Jan 03, 2018

I loved this movie, Based on the Moby Dick story --- there is a lot of action and adventure. The leading actor/character gives an outstanding performance.

Sep 26, 2017

I read the book first and found it a little boring, slow moving, and somewhat technical (I knew nothing about ships) but the movie was much better. Like most books of course, there was a lot more detail -- about the suffering described after they were wrecked, but i found it otherwise similar to the main events in the book's plot. I thought some of the images in this film were beautiful and amazing and that made it better than the book in the way of visualization of these massive whales, the horrendous task of removing spermaceti from the whale brain, and the geographical whereabouts of the shipwrecked victims. Honestly I was expecting a lame movie, but it was great.

Sep 12, 2017

VERY GOOD 2015 seafaring action/adventure film with excellent acting/filmography - everything; glad I gave it a watch.

Aug 08, 2017

. Real good .
. Lots of action .
. ' Thinking ' whale , especially when the first mate does the " say " Uncle " " thing .
. Pre-quel to " Moby Dick " ,
though the whalers had a different moniker for the ' white ' whale .

Jul 08, 2017

I recently borrowed The Whale DVD and just finished In the Heart of the Sea DVD. Both films are about the Essex a whaling ship from Nantucket in the 1820s. They are searching for whales since whale oil is a primary source for light in that day and age. They encounter a huge whale that rams their ship. The ship sinks and the remaining crew drift in the ocean for 90 days in their small whaling boats. Some do eventually make back home to New England. Which DVD was better? The Whale is a British mini-series that goes into more detail about the event. In the Heart of the Sea, a film by Ron Howard, the story includes novelist Herman Melville as a character who speaks with a survivor and gets inspired to write his masterpiece Moby Dick. Both films do a good job portraying the whale hunting (they go out in a big row boats with their harpoons) makes you wonder how many people (and whales) died in the industry. The last scene In the Heart of the Sea has an Essex survivor marveling that someone found oil in the land.

Mar 25, 2017

I thought I would love this, but I was sorely disappointed! I'm glad I didn't spend the big $$ to see it in theatres & instead waited to borrow it from the library!

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Mar 31, 2016

Melville's research on his new book, similar to The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power:
Since it was discovered that whale oil could light our cities in ways never achieved before, it created global demand. It has pushed man to venture further and further into the deep blue unknown. We know not its depths, nor the host of creatures that live there. Monsters. Are they real? Or do the stories exist only to make us respect the sea's dark secrets? The question both vexes and excites me and is the reason I've written you a second time to request a meeting. A conversation with you, sir, I believe will serve me well for the novel I intend to write, currently entitled Moby Dick.
And the new black oil:
Herman: Incidentally ...I heard a man from Pennsylvania drilled a hole in the ground recently and found oil. That can't be true.
Tom: I heard it, too. Oil from the ground. Fancy that.


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