Herman Melville (Ben Whishaw) is interviewing one of the few survivors, Tom Nickerson (Brendan Gleeson), of the “Essex” whaling ship that was sunk many years before by a rouge whale. The events are traumatic, and Tom has never uttered a word since the events unfolded.
Drinking the pain away, Tom finally agrees to tell the story of the “Essex”.
Owen Chase (Chris Hemsworth) is due to captain the next whaling ship for the company he works for. Unfortunately, politics get in the way and Owen’s time at the helm is delayed while unproven, George Pollard (Benjamin Walker) gets to captain the Essex. Owen will be the first mate to make sure George does not screw up….he does.
In 1820, whale fat was used to light the lights and whaling was a major business. The ships would go to sea for a year, or two, to kill as many whales as they could to fill their holds with oil. The “Essex” was not finding whales forcing them to go further than they have ever gone.
Further from land than they should be, they find whales, and THE whale.
“In the Heart of the Sea” is an epic sea adventure that flopped in the box office, and I think I know why: Everyone thought it was a “Moby Dick” remake when, in actuality, it is the true story behind “Moby Dick”. Poor marketing did not make this clear.
It is way better than the box office indicates.
Go to IMDb for more information. We watched this on Xfinity.
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