Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson, Michelle Fairley, Jordi Molla, Frank Dillane, Charlotte Riley, Donald Sumpter
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Story: Directed by Ron Howard the story is based on the 1820 real life tragic event of the New England whaling ship Essex which was assaulted by a mammoth sized sperm whale which also inspired Herman Melville’s (Ben Whishaw) ‘Moby-Dick’.
In the film 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). After the ship is struck by the whale it leaves the crew shipwrecked for 90 days over a thousand miles from home.
The film 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 as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.
Verdict: This is more of a visually well made movie as the story just doesn’t pack enough punches to raise it to the level I was expecting it too, especially from a director such as Ron Howard. It feels like a wasted opportunity but it’s still an enjoyable watch.
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 23)
Herman Melville: [voice over] How does one come to know the seas dark secrets?
Herman Melville: [voice over] Monsters. Are they real?
Herman Melville: I want you to tell me what happened? Tell me the secret of the Essex?
Old Thomas Nickerson: I don’t expect a writer to understand, Mr. Melville.
Old Thomas Nickerson: The tragedy of the Essex is the story of men. And a Demon.
Owen Chase: Promise me to you’ll come back.
Peggy: I’ll come back as quick as the sun is night, I swear it.
Old Thomas Nickerson: Centuries before sailors feared sailing off the edge of the earth. But we were headed for the edge of sanity, like we were aberrations, phantoms. Trust gave way to doubt. Hope to superstition.
Herman Melville: [to Nickerson] I believe you have seen things no one else has seen.
George Pollard: We will surely perish out there.
Owen Chase: We might also survive.
[points his gun at Owen]
Owen Coffin: Say you’re scared! Say it!
Owen Chase: I will not.
Old Thomas Nickerson: My fear, all I could think about was that everyone would die and I’d be the last left alive.
Herman Melville: So it’s true?
Old Thomas Nickerson: Yes. Too much is true.
Old Thomas Nickerson: A whale, hundred feet long, white as alabaster. A demon.
Old Thomas Nickerson: We were one of the last ships to go out. It was my first time in the sea.
Young Thomas Nickerson: What are those pins they’re wearing?
Matthew Joy: They’re whale pins, Thomas.
Young Thomas Nickerson: I shall have twelve of those one day.
Old Thomas Nickerson: We was in a hurry to be called men.
Young Thomas Nickerson: My father’s lost to sea before I was born.
Owen Chase: The Essex is your family now, boy. The better off for all of us.
Matthew Joy: Sometimes it’s better not to ask too many questions.
Owen Chase: If we stay, we die.
Owen Chase: Where is he?!
Owen Chase: He’s mine!
Young Thomas Nickerson: [to Chase] It’s been an honor, sir. To sail with you.
Owen Chase: We will survive. I promise.
Owen Chase: Look where we find ourselves. What offense did we give God to upset him so?
[Owen returns to her alive]
Peggy Chase: Oh my God. Oh my God.
Owen Chase: I promised you, didn’t I?
Total Quotes: 23