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HEART OF THE SEA

Ron Howard’s (Rush, A Beautiful Mind) latest film tells of an extraordinary story that became the inspiration for Herman Melville’s literary classic Moby Dick. This such story is based on Nathan Philbrick’s 2000 non-fiction book of the same name about the tragedy of whaling vessel ‘The Essex’ and both the on-board tensions that sparked between Captain and First Mate on the ill-fated 1820 voyage, and their battle with a mythical monster of the Ocean; an enormous white whale. Though it didn’t resonate with me as much as expected on an emotional level, and a slow-paced back end saps the effect of some of the more shocking revelations, In the Heart of the Sea is thrilling escapist cinema that almost lives up to its grand epic-cinema ambitions.

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