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In the Heart of the Sea

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Ron Howard

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 224
  • Fresh: 95
  • Rotten: 129
  • Average Rating: 5.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Howard creates an immersive, gorgeously shot experience pitting man against beast in the ocean for the film's most spectacular scenes, which are reminiscent of old-school scope of Mutiny on the Bounty and other watery adventures of yesteryear. – Brian Truitt, USA Today, Dec 10, 2015

Rotten: Most of the second half is spent drifting with them on lifeboats. In these interminable minutes, we don't get anything resembling an understanding of how they survived (or didn't) either mentally or physically. – Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press, Dec 11, 2015

Rotten: If you want a Ron Howard movie about a man obsessed with a creature from the deep, "In the Heart of the Sea," sadly, is not the place to start. Try "Splash." – Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Dec 14, 2015

Fresh: Howard seems caught in some no-man's land between the poetic force of Melville's novel and the discursive academic approach of Philbrick. – Geoffrey Macnab, Independent (UK), Dec 23, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Good but could have been amazing

Great performances, fantastic experience, it makes you feel like you're there at sea. The whale scenes are intense and tge drama is heartbreaking seeing what these men went through. I liked the man vs nature and man vs man aspects. Could have been better with character development though

A Great Movie, Very well done.

As a hunter and a fisherman I can say that this movie captured the intensity from both sides of the hunt. You get amazing FPS views of everything in action, from the whale diving, the harpoons, ropes, etc. The concept of hunting a heard of whales was fully captured. I very much enjoyed it and thought it was one of the more better movies this year.

Amazing Whale!

Wonderful movie! Great history! The whale looks real! Fantastic adaptation of the book!

In the Heart of the Sea
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2015

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