James Milstead’s review published on Letterboxd:
IN THE HEART OF THE SEA (12)
D: Ron Howard
Warner Bros/Village Roadshow (Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Will Ward, Joe Roth & Paula Weinstein)
W: Charles Leavitt, Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver [based on the book by Nathaniel Philbrick]
DP: Anthony Dod Mantle
Ed: Dan Hanley & Mike Hill
Mus: Roque Baños
Chris Hemsworth (Owen Chase), Benjamin Walker (Capt. George Pollard), Cillian Murphy (Matthew Joy), Tom Holland (Young Thomas Nickerson), Ben Whishaw (Herman Melville), Brendan Gleeson (Old Thomas Nickerson)
Based on a book which depicts events which themselves inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick, In The Heart Of The Sea is a tale of survival at sea set in the early 1800's, where a whaling ship is capsized following an encounter with the massive creature, leaving the crew cast adrift in the heart of the sea.
It's quite apt that Ron Howard directed, since the story is a 19th century version of Apollo 13, although far more boring.
Good to look at, it may be, with fine production design, cinematography and visual effects, but it really is a bore to sit through. Even listening is quite a torture, mostly because of Chris Hemsworth's terrible accent of a New England sea captain.