Director: Ron Howard
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, Tom Holland
Release Date: Dec 11, 2015 RealD 3D
Rated PG-13 for intense Sequences of Peril, Intense Sequences of Action, Brief Startling Violence
and Thematic Material.
Runtime: 2 hr. 2 min.
In the Heart of the Sea is a serviceable film that sadly never achieves the epic scope it aspires to. Ron Howard, workman as always, diligently directs his film with a clear earnestness which shines through the filming. It’s a fine looking film, occasionally bogged down by some shoddy looking CGI, that does nearly everything we ask from our films but it just seems to be missing something. The characters and tension is poorly drawn with little to no depth on either end. Chris Hemsworth looks the part but his character, the proto Ahab, isn’t very compelling or interesting. The supporting characters is a venerable whose who of strong actors and all of them end up in thankless roles, particularly Brendan Gleeson and Cillian Murphy. The film does perk up a bit during the pivotal whale act which is much more thrilling than the rest of the film combined.