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. “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.
User Reviews: > We actually know this story, but not the truth until now!rnrnRon Howard’s latest sea adventure, stars Chris Hemsworth in an important role. So the people comparing it with ‘Moby Dick’, because both the film is about the same story, but one was inspired and the other one was, I mean this film was based on the actual event. I had seen the BBC film ‘The Whale’, not a bad film for a low budget television film. Most importantly, it revealed the truth about what I was not aware of from one of my favourite sea adventure films.rnrnI never read the book, but saw the British version, so I knew what I’m going to witness. Still, I was very interested to check it out, because it is a grand film and as expected I loved the visuals. Those sea adventures were very realistic, except the action sequences which is obviously cinema gimmick. The surprise part was the narration. It was a flashback story, something like ‘Life of Pi’, a man recall his old memory of his survival at the sea with other crew members of the ship Essex when it was attacked by a big white whale.rnrnIt is kind of impossible to believe what this film says is true. And obviously what we see is not what exactly happened, but very close. So see this film to believe it. Whatever it is, I totally enjoyed watching it. The 2 hour long never looked too long. There are a few mild disturbing scenes due to the theme concept, but it is a good family film. If you like ‘Moby Dick’ then you should watch it. Definitely an underrated film by the film critics.rnrn7/10