One of my most anticipated films of the over-crowded 2015 movie year is In the Heart of the Sea, a tale of survival at sea. Directed by Ron Howard, the film tells the true story of a whaling vessel that was struck by a massive sperm whale and sank, leaving the surviving crew to fight for their lives on a cold and dark ocean. The first trailer has arrived.
From the looks of the trailer, we are most certainly in for a wonderful treat. Howard has shown us in the past that he can craft a superb film around a very contained survival story with Apollo 13, and seeing him set his eyes on the open sea has me even more excited. The book by Nathan Philbrick, which the film is based off of, is a very detailed account of the tale of the Essex, utilizing first hand experiences and journal entries to piece the story together. It’s a fascinating tale that many have found hard to believe actually happened and seeing it unfold on the screen will be a heart-wrenching experience.
The film stars Chris Hemsworth, who starred in Howard’s underrated Rush, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Benjamin Walker, Jordi Molla, and Tom Holland. Ben Whishaw also stars as Herman Melville, who used the story of the Essex as his inspiration for Moby Dick.
In the Heart of the Sea sails into theaters on March 13, 2015.