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.
The title of the movie is from the biblical account of the prophet Jonah (Jonah 2:3) who was swallowed by a great fish (usually understood to be a whale). See more »
The interview between Melville and Nickerson is set in 1850. After that interview is over and Melville is leaving, the characters discuss the rumors that (petroleum) oil has been discovered in the ground. The discovery of oil in Titusville, PA, by Colonel Edwin Drake, occurred in August 1859, and is considered the beginning of the "oil from the ground" industry, and that was roughly 9 years after the interview took place. Abraham Gesner's first patent for kerosene was granted in 1854, also following the interview in the movie, and it was distilled from oil shale and bituminous coal. See more »
[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]
Or do the stories exist only to make us respect the sea's dark secrets?
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Only USD$25 million in the US and less than US$100 million worldwide?
This movie needs to be celebrated and deserves far better credit. It's a tale of survival, grudge, jealousy. fear and agony. And the director managed to showcase the glory of Moby Dick and reality of the London oil business in the 1800s.
4) Background Score
1) Maybe Too Political??
2) Whale has minimal screen time
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