In the Heart of the Sea | Chicago Reader

In the Heart of the Sea

Ron Howard's alternately awesome and wooden whaling epic tells the true story of the Essex, whose destruction by a giant, vengeful sperm whale in 1820 became the source material for Moby-Dick. The CGI folks have outdone themselves on the whale, which stretches nearly 100 feet in length and has crummy skin peeling away and exposing the great white blubber beneath; the scenes of it leaping into the air and thundering down on the ship give an overwhelming sense of its deadly tonnage. After the Essex is destroyed, the crew members endure three months of privation in lifeboats on the high seas; Howard shot this part in sequence and put his actors on a strict, wasting diet, which gives them something to boast about now and probably made them easier to handle on location. With Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, and Ben Whishaw.



  • Ron Howard


  • Chris Hemsworth
  • Benjamin Walker
  • Cillian Murphy
  • Brendan Gleeson
  • Ben Whishaw
  • Michelle Fairley
  • Tom Holland
  • Paul Anderson
  • Frank Dillane
  • Joseph Mawle
  • Edward Ashley
  • Sam Keeley
  • Osy Ikhile
  • Gary Beadle
  • Jamie Sives
  • Morgan Chetcuti
  • Charlotte Riley
  • Nicholas Jones
  • Donald Sumpter
  • Richard Bremmer
  • Jordi MollĂ 


  • Paula Weinstein
  • Joe Roth
  • Will Ward
  • Brian Grazer
  • Ron Howard
  • Bruce Berman
  • Steven Mnuchin
  • Sarah Bradshaw
  • Palak Patel
  • Erica Huggins
  • David Bergstein

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