This film is a strange prequel to the classic Moby Dick story, this monumental account of the Essex, a whaling ship from Nantucket whose destruction by a rogue whale inspired Herman Melville to write my personal favourite story of all time. Telling the story of the story being retold to Melville… I’ll explain, Melville turns up to spend the night talking with Thomas Nickerson (Brendan Gleeson) to gather information about a book he has in mind, The disgruntled Nickerson who was only a young boy (acted by Tom Holland) at the time of the Essex’s last voyage re tells everything that happened in total clarity inspiring the timeless novel.
Combining some surprising techniques in filing detailed angels and movement, and with a great dash of CG, this film successfully re creates what you can imagine a remake of Moby Dick would look like, but instead it’s glorified origin movie. Owen Chase (Chris Hemsworth) is refused to command his own ship due to a broken promise and not having a decent family name, but as he has more experience than fragile blue blood Captain George Pollard (Benjamin Walker) a power struggle commences between the men, with the captain making some retarded decisions, until they are attacked by a white whale!! But don’t think that you know how the story ends this is VERY different to Moby so get ready for a wild ride. Continue reading In the Heart of the Sea (2015)