Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Review: 'In the Heart of the Sea' Is Dry Storytelling

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Review: 'In the Heart of the Sea' Is Dry Storytelling

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Owen Chase (Chris Hemsworth) and George Pollard Jr. (Benjamin Walker) were never meant to work together. Chase is a seasoned seaman and a proven leader of men. Pollard comes from a privileged background and seems to think that he's entitled to his new post: ship's captain.

Chase begs to differ, but is obliged to accept an offer to be Pollard's first mate. Once they're at sea, the stage is set for a personality conflict of stormy proportions. But what neither man counts on is a force of nature that's far more important than their mutual animosity: a whale so dangerous and determined that it will forever haunt their memories.

What began as a search for whale oil (which, in the 19th century, was used as fuel) becomes a struggle for survival.

The story is told in flashbacks, as novelist Herman Melville (Ben Whishaw) grills wizened survivor Tom Nickerson (Brendan Gleeson) for details about the doomed voyage to the South Pacific. Wilkerson initially declines to cooperate, but the novelist's cash proves to be a powerful incentive. …

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