In the Heart of the Sea: EW Review

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‘In the heart of the sea’ review: It’s a horror story of a different kind.

There is something about the human spirit: Something foolish perhaps, at once stubborn and unstoppable. LONDON (Reuters): The story that helped inspire “Moby Dick” is coming to cinema screens in action adventure “In the Heart of the Sea”, a film directed by Oscar winner Ron Howard and based on the book of the same name.After almost a decade in film, the 32-year-old Australian dreamboat has garnered a steady stream of blockbuster hit roles, most notably his perpetual reign as the iconic superhero Thor. “In the space of three years, we had our kids and simultaneously my career was happening, and everything changed,” he told Parade. “We’d leave the house and there would be six paparazzi out in front.

But actor Chris Hemsworth’s happiest moment in life had nothing to do with the bright lights of Hollywood. “Last week, we were in the car driving somewhere, and my little girl was in the back seat with me,” Hemsworth, who also has twin sons with wife Elsa Pataky, told Parade magazine. “I was really tired, and I leaned over and I put my head on her lap, without even thinking about it. The agitation you feel from the paparazzi rippled in the house.” “It’s just a quiet little surf town with a lot of farming, an hour and a half outside of Melbourne,” he said. “There are other things in my life now—family, kids.” While he welcomes the change of scenery, Hemsworth recognizes the potentially negative effect his departure from the mecca of film may have on his burgeoning career. “I don’t want to have to be in the position where I care if the phone stops ringing. Narrated entirely in flashbacks by Thomas Nickerson (Brendan Gleeson), the now grown-up cabin boy on board the doomed 1820 Nantucket whaling ship Essex, the film paints a vivid portrait of the crew’s struggle to survive repeated attacks by a giant sperm whale in the western Pacific. Cast as Owen Chase, the ship’s second in command, Chris Hemsworth displays an unmistakable star quality as he works to keep spirits up and tempers down.

The harrowing tale is told through the eyes of Thomas Nickerson, played by Tom Holland as an unblemished 14-year-old and by Brendan Gleeson as an alcoholic survivor with enough guilt to drown a catholic. He drunkenly recounts his life’s adventures to Herman Melville (yes, the very same) who forever lives in the shadow of his hero Nathaniel Hawthorne, insecure and inadequate. Good luck trying not to flinch as you watch starving survivors, each a pale shadow of what they used to be, resort to desperate measures while stranded at sea for months on end with no supplies and no land in sight. Other members of the crew include the captain of the vessel George Pollard (a solid Benjamin Walker) — a naive man out to rid himself of the entitlement and nepotism that has plagued him all his life — and Owen Chase (Chris Hemsworth, armed with the charming bravado of a movie star and an iffy accent) as his reluctant first mate, his name and class forever sentencing him to second place.

It’s about them now, their welfare.” Hemsworth, who earlier this year moved his family back to his native Australia in order to escape the paparazzi and the chaos of life in Hollywood, told Parade that he considers his family before accepting any film role. “If I make a film, what is that going to allow us to do?” he said. “What is it going to give them? Although less surefooted when the drama moves to land, the film benefits from brisk pacing, and from Howard’s skill at finding stories of human conflict in big spectacle productions. Pollard never misses an opportunity to remind him that he is a land-farer, and that he, Pollard, is the one who belongs to the family that practically invented the shipping business. That just may be me trying to convince myself in case it does happen, but I’ve always been weirdly aware of that.” Hemsworth doesn’t need to worry about a lack of acting opportunities. He currently has work lined up through 2017, when he will revise his role as Thor in “Thor: Ragnorok.” He is also set to appear in next year’s “Ghostbusters” reboot.

Ron Howard, a man not unfamiliar with the survival epic (he made the timeless Apollo 13), directs with the confidence and sure-handedness only a seasoned blockbuster filmmaker can conjure up. As if the never-ending immensity of the ocean wasn’t enough, the crew meets their foe: A huge sperm whale, ‘a hundred feet long, with alabaster skin.’ The monster is already legendary among seamen, the news of its repeated conquests having travelled all the way to South America. The Martian is still fresh in our minds, but where that film demanded rattled consumption of popcorn in its final moments, this one positively dares you to even think about food. In the hands of a lesser director, this tonal shift could’ve been unrecoverable (especially a certain plot development that is sure to shock most viewers), but once again, credit is due to the absolutely brilliant work Ron Howard has done here. One minor criticism that must be mentioned is the score by Roque Banos: It has little personality, often resorting to the generic beats that we have become so familiar with.

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