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In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

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A recounting of a New England whaling ship's sinking by a giant whale in 1820, an experience that later inspired the great novel Moby-Dick.

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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. "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.

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Based on the incredible true story that inspired Moby-Dick See more »


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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and peril, brief startling violence, and thematic material | See all certifications »

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11 December 2015 (USA)  »

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En el corazón del mar  »

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$100,000,000 (estimated)

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$18,500,000 (Non-US) (8 December 2015)

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$25,020,758 (USA)
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Tom Holland stated that during filming he was on a diet of 500 calories a day, stole and ate a croissant from the crew catering table, but ended up throwing it up because his body was no longer used to the sugar or rich fat. See more »

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Thomas Nickerson was not the last survivor of the Essex as stated in the movie. Both Owen Chase and George Pollard were alive in 1850. Owen Chase died in 1869 and George Pollard n 1870. In fact, Chase wrote Narrative of the Most Extraordinary and Distressing Shipwreck of the Whaleship Essex in 1821. This book would have been available to Herman Melville for research. See more »

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Herman Melville: [in his letter] How does one come to know the unknowable? What faculties must a man possess? 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?
[a huge whale passes]
Herman Melville: Or do the stories exist only to make us respect the sea's dark secrets?
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The Art of the Sea
3 December 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I went into the cinema expecting something fairly decent. Something that would at the very least, satisfy. I I was more wrong than I thought. It was better than satisfactory. It was brilliant. The Effects are the best of the year, and Chris Hemsworths Acting is top notch. Ron Howard has always been a great director, and I did enjoy a beautiful mind and Apollo 13, but this film has to be one of the greatest of the year. The film is very emotional at times, and the storyline is very well thought out. Definitely deserves an Oscar for best visual effects, and hopefully it will bag some more Oscars on the way.

The movie is best viewed on the big screen, as it possibly wouldn't have the same effect on a TV. Get into the cinemas before it's too late.


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