A manly film without heart
IN the Heart of the Sea has all the makings of a rousing high stakes David and Goliath, man versus beast survival story.
A man leaving his pregnant wife behind, conflicts on board a whaling ship and a seriously ticked-off whale that does not like its territory invaded – sounds like a stimulating action/drama.
Unfortunately, director Ron Howard struggles to bring much emotional weight to a script that is more preoccupied with boring testosteronefuelled drama between cliched characters than genuine tension.
Based on the events that inspired literary classic Moby Dick by Herman Melville, In the Heart of the Sea tells the story of farmer Owen Chase (Hemsworth) who is placed on a ship under Captain George Pollard (Benjamin Walker), who he does not see eye to eye with. An encounter with an oversized whale far outweighs the personality clashes on board, as the men are attacked and stalked by the sea creature.
Much tension and suspense is drained knowing this main character is invincible despite the elements, emerging from numerous incidents without a scratch.
In the Heart of the Sea has a lot of manly men being manly, but is not emotionally engaging.
Chris Hemsworth struggles with his accent in In the Heart of the Sea.