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  • BrokenFan
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    A 2015 release starring Chris Hemsworth, Cilian Murphy, and Ben Walker, directed by Ron Howard, based on the Nathanial Philbrick’s novel of the same name.

    Going to a screening on Wednesday! Hopefully I’ll get there in time, curse you, LA traffic!… There’s been a couple of test screenings already and the word’s been pretty positive so this might become a major Oscar player next year. 

    I’m one of the few who liked Rush and was sad it didn’t get much awards attention.  

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    TomHardys
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    Is the story/plot awards-baity?

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    BrokenFan
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    Sure?  It’s a period piece based on a true story about survival. 

    In 1820, the whaleship Essex is crewed by Captain George Pollard, Jr. (Benjamin Walker), first mate Owen Chase (Chris Hemsworth), second mate Matthew Joy (Cillian Murphy), and cabin boy Thomas Nickerson (Tom Holland). During their voyage, the ship is struck by a large bull sperm whale, ultimately leaving its crew shipwrecked at sea for 90 days over a thousand miles from home.[2][3] After the attack, the crew sails for South America and is forced to become cannibalistic.

     

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    Macbeth
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    Wow, that’s interesting. It sounds like it could be very dark and twisted, but also hopeful and inspiring. I don’t know about the actors though, as I am not a massive fan of any of them. But it could be good if done properly, which I am sure it will be.

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    vinny
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    I have a book about this….I think it’s called “Revenge of the Whale” or something like that. This I am excited for.

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    Nessie
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    I loved Rush and thought it was unfairly underrated. I hope Howard is back on form for good. The only problem is there have been so many ‘lost at sea’ films recently (All is Lost, Life of Pi, the upcoming Unbroken) that the audience may be waterlogged by the time this one opens.

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    BrokenFan
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    I have a book about this….I think it’s called “Revenge of the Whale” or something like that. This I am excited for.

    Lol isn’t the book also called In the Heart of the Sea?

    For some reason I keep thinking of Captain Phillips like setting for this film although it’s set in 1820

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    vinny
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    [quote=”vinman422″]I have a book about this….I think it’s called “Revenge of the Whale” or something like that. This I am excited for.

    Lol isn’t the book also called In the Heart of the Sea?

    For some reason I keep thinking of Captain Phillips like setting for this film although it’s set in 1820[/quote]

    He wrote one for kids too in 2002 I got it for 1.99 becuase I had to read it for school. God I feel old now lol  

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    babypook
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    Wow human chum from Ronnie!

    Could be some terrific stuff from Howard. He had a sharp edge to him, once.

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    My Review: 

    Ron Howard is a director that frustrates me often. He can wow me with such great work like Apollo 13 and Frost/Nixon but then bore me to tears with something like A Beautiful Mind but then also make me appreciate what he is doing but not everything works on the screen like his last movie Rush. This is in the Rush territory except a little bit higher overall feeling than I had on Rush. He plays around with the 3D really well to the point that it isn’t gimmicky but still wants to make it a cinematic devise. Lots of directors that use 3D lately seem to be doing the right thing by making it a tool to add layers to scenes like with the previous 2 I saw in 3D The Walk and Everest. What makes this better than Everest when it comes to the use of 3D, Howard doesn’t just make the 3D just an added on layer to the movie, he has these scenes in the water that make you feel like the water is flying past you and when a sphere is thrown that it goes past you without making it look like it is coming right at you. Even the little details of water splashing by characters were really well done. But then again like Everest, sometimes he just got establishing shots of things just to remind you that you are watching this in 3D. Are they a distraction? No but it became noticeable and unnecessary after a while. In terms of the movie itself, I think this is another case of misleading marketing. The trailers will hype this to be a grand scale action adventure movie with lots of fighting with a whale but that really only happens maybe 3 times and only 1 of the times being for a long time and making a spectacle out of it. This is more of a biopic at best that leads into a survival story that is part Unbroken and part Cast Away. It gets to a point where it becomes anticlimactic spending so much time on the survival aspect when you already know that at least one of them is surviving since the narrator is one of the shipmates. Sometimes the dialogue especially from the Captain’s mouth became overdramatic and overall the script is probably the weak link of the movie. It’s not terrible just not memorable. Chris Hemsworth gives a fine performance which develops into something more rich as he starts to decent into madness being hungry and thirsty. Tom Holland is really good as the young version of the narrator and shows us more promise for his upcoming role as Spiderman. Brendan Gleeson is wonderful as always as the older version of the narrator as is his scene partner Ben Whishaw who has become a new favorite of mine this year with a great spend of work this year from Paddington to Spectre to this. Cillian Murphy was really good in his role but it became a throwaway part not really worth his time after a while. Benjamin Walker didn’t give me a lot to differentiate him from Jamie Dornan since the whole time I was analyzing if that was Dornan or not but knew it couldn’t be because of certain facial features and accents but that shows how much his performance captivated me (it didn’t). The other issue I had with this movie is that the score never really fit what was going on in the scene. Like a really intense action score would happen underneath Hemsworth climbing up to fix a sail like it was a life or death situation or a sweeping score after landing on an island. It’s a nice score to listen to on Spotify maybe but it doesn’t work with the movie at all. The cinematography is quite beautiful but at times made the actors look yellow but I’m not entirely sure if that was the lighting or the make up. The make up is really strong as are the costumes, sound design, and production design. The visual effects are really great with the whales but just a personal issue of having to watch them dissect the whales. The visual team did a great job because it did look realistic to the point I had to turn away because it just was too sad and gross (yeah if you are a big animal person and hate violence towards them, you have 0 interest in seeing this I’m telling you now). So overall, it’s a fine movie and one worth seeing in 3D but not something to put on the top of your must see list if you still have things on that list to catch up on this weekend. 4 stars 

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