In the Heart of the Sea

In the Heart of the Sea

DVD - 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 Melville's Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. This story 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.


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Dec 14, 2020

An incredible adventure story. Said to be the original story that inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick.

ArapahoeAnna Aug 29, 2019

Docudrama based on a nonfiction book by Nathaniel Philbrick. The "facts" are somewhat different in each but the feeling and storyline are similar. The whaleship Essex was stove by a whale in 1820 and Herman Melville was so taken by the story that he interviewed the last remaining survivor before writing Moby Dick.

May 06, 2019

a very good story about what really happened and how moby dick the book came to be

Mar 09, 2019

the disc wouldn't stop freezing on my machine so I'll have to try the other copy later. 😤😞

Mar 05, 2019

A nice movie about how MOBY DICK was inspired through a tale. The story itself is about 75% historically accurate. A lost at sea survival- adventure movie after their boat is smashed by a giant sperm whale. I liked it. YOU may too!

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 :)

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.

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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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