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.
I’ll put up Killing Time’s most anticipated films of 2015 this coming week, but I’m fairly certain this will be on it. Based on the fantastic book by Nathaniel Philbrick, Ron Howard directs Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw and Michelle Fairley in the true story of a whaling vessel in 1820 that was trapped at sea by a single sperm whale. Many think the incident was the impetus for Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. I’d love to see Howard get his game back and Hemsworth to find success outside of Thor. In the Heart of the Sea opens December 11th (it was scheduled for earlier this year but delayed several months, whether that’s because they thought it an Oscar contender or because they had problems, I’m not sure).