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.
In the Heart of the Sea is an epic historical biographical disaster drama-thriller film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, and Tom Holland. It is based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s 2000 non-fiction book of the same name, about the sinking of the whaleship Essex. The film was released on December 11, 2015.
In the Heart of the Sea
Directed by: Ron Howard
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Charlotte Riley, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson, Michelle Fairley
Screenplay by: Charles Leavitt
Production Design by: Mark Tildesley
Cinematography by: Anthony Dod Mantle
Film Editing by: Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill
Costume Design by: Julian Day
Set Decoration by: Dominic Capon
Music by: Roque Baños
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of action and peril, brief startling violence, and thematic material.
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: December 11, 2015