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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