Critics Consensus

In the Heart of the Sea Is a Stale Whale Tale

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by | December 10, 2015 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got just one wide release: Ron Howard‘s In the Heart of the Sea, starring Chris Hemsworth and Brendan Gleeson in a true story of disaster and survival on the open seas. What do the critics have to say?

In the Heart of the Sea (2015) 43%

The epic saga of the whaling ship Essex inspired Herman Melville to write Moby-Dick. Unfortunately, critics say In the Heart of the Sea is unlikely to join that masterwork in the pantheon of maritime fiction; while the film is visually impressive, its narrative drifts aimlessly. While in the South Pacific, the Essex was attacked by a sperm whale, destroying the ship and stranding its crew in the middle of the ocean without food or water. The pundits say In the Heart of the Sea has moments of visceral excitement, but ultimately it lacks three-dimensional characters and urgency in its storytelling.


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    As usual, most of the so called “critics” have their heads up their collective asses. Their tastes have been so poisoned by a steady diet of super hero, crappy horror or sci-fi films, that most of them wouldn’t know a good film if it jumped up and bit them on the ass. I thought “In the heart of the sea” was excellent and did Ron Howard proud, it had excitement and poignancy and the actors were very believable and brought the script to true life. Assholes!!

  • Truth4Sale

    For a film that’s paralleled to the Melville Dick story, I wonder how many “penis” drops Hemsworth was able to put into this….. Would’ve been much better with Russell Crowe starring, of course!!! Hemsworth… just relax, you’ll never get an Oscar!

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