The Trailer Park: “In the Heart of the Sea” (2015)

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.


Written By Nick

Nick is a man obsessed with all things related to film. From the most obscure to the very popular, he’s seen it all and hopes to one day turn his obsession into a career that makes a lot of money so he can buy a monkey, a bulldog, and a full size Batman suit.

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  • Tom

    Yeah dude, I only just saw this trailer attached to ‘Fury’ last night so that was a hell of an introduction to this. I knew nothing about it at all. Maybe I saw something pop up here a day or two ago but the fact that its directed by Ron Howard and will also be him re-teaming with Hemsworth — and the fact that, like you point out, its an open-waters type survival story — makes me all kinds of excited for this. 2015 is going to be epic

  • TheVern

    The storyline alone has me looking forward to this. I’m going to avoid trailers of this if I can. I want to be surprised when I actually see it

  • fernandorafael_c2c

    Looks pretty fun. Glad to see Tom Holland in something else after The Impossible. The yellow filter bugs me a bit, though.