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In the Heart of the Sea: A real-life maritime disaster

Published:Wednesday | December 16, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Chris Hemsworth stars in the biographical film in ‘In The Heart of The Sea’.

In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship, Essex, was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story.

In the Heart of the Sea reveals the encounter's harrowing aftermath, as the ship's surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.

In the Heart of the Sea is an American biographical adventure thriller based on Nathaniel Philbrick's 2000 non-fiction book of the same name about the sinking of the American whaling ship, Essex, in 1820, an event that inspired the tale of Moby-Dick.

Directed by Ron Howard, the film stars Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy (The Dark Knight), Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw (Spectre), and Brendan Gleeson (Braveheart).