In the Heart of the Sea is based on the book of the same name which details the true story of the ill-fated whale ship Essex and her crew. The movie is told through a series of flashbacks to Herman Melville, the writer of Moby Dick. It attempts to be a love letter to Herman Melville and Moby Dick, while taking a deep look at the folly of man, via an action filled survivalist movie. It tries too hard and ends up being a poor adaptation. ITHOTS’s compelling foundation is marred by its unfocused direction.
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