"The Dangers of Pride"
IN THE HEART OF THE SEA shows writer Herman Melville coming to a seaman to hear the true story of what happened on the whaling ship, the Essex, which becomes the basis for MOBY DICK. IN THE HEART OF THE SEA is an entertaining movie with great visuals and a strong Christian worldview overall, but it’s a bit slow and has some intense action, foul language and references to cannibalism.
Herman Melville wants the true accounts of what happened on the Essex, so he goes to a living boatman who was on the ship, named Thomas Nickerson. At first, Thomas says he will not tell the stories, he has never told a soul because of the pain it caused him. Melville offers Nickerson a large amount of money to hear the story, and his wife convinces him that they need the money.
There were two main leaders on the boat, First Attendant Mr. Chase and Captain Pollard. The two immediately have conflicting opinions and Chase does not believe that Pollard deserves the role he was given, because he has never taken a ship like this and only was recruited because his family name. At the same time, Pollard believes that Chase is not respectful of him. Their egos continue to grow, and very intensely put the entire crew in to jeopardy. Finding very few whales, Captain Pollard decides to sail very south, to the edge of the earth, following a tale that there are more whales than imaginable. When arriving, they find what they heard, but when they try to get the whales, a huge sperm whale tries to take them down.
IN THE HEAR OF THE SEA is a well-made, entertaining movie. It’s truly meant to be seen in 3D, because of its special effects and impressive visuals. The acting is good and the storyline is clear, but the movie is a bit long and should have been cut down.
IN THE HEART OF THE SEA has a strong Christian, moral worldview showing the repercussions of ego. It has some prayer and mentions God. In fact, the two main characters have a conversation on God and His grace. One character continues to be faithful to his vow to remain sober. There is also a prayer done for the ship by church members. That said, the movie contains intense action, the killing of whales and references to cannibalism. So, caution is advised.
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(CC, BB, LL, VV, S, N, MM) Strong Christian, moral worldview with prayer, conversation on the meaning of life and God, and the protagonist tells the truth at the end; 12 obscenities, 9 profanities; strong violence includes blood from whale, stabbing of whale, cutting up a whale, dead carcasses, man kills himself so others can eat him, and, after man dies, references to eating his heart and body; implied sexuality with prostitutes in alley way; man is carving an image of a partially naked women, upper male nudity; light drinking, mentions of a man who is sober; no smoking; and, lying, greed, egotism.
IN THE HEART OF THE SEA shows writer Herman Melville coming to a seaman to hear the true story of what happened on the whaling ship, the Essex, which becomes the basis for MOBY DICK. Melville learns the Essex had two leaders on the boat, First Attendant Mr. Chase and Captain Pollard. The two have conflicting opinions. Chase doesn’t believe Captain Pollard deserves the role he was given, because he was only recruited because of his family name. The two men’s egos clash when a huge sperm whale seems out to get them.
IN THE HEART OF THE SEA is entertaining, with good acting and solid plotting. It’s truly meant to be seen in 3D, because of its visuals. However, the movie’s a bit slow and should have been cut. IN THE HEART OF THE SEA has a strong Christian, moral worldview showing the negative effects of pride and ego. The movie includes some prayer and positive references to God and His grace. IN THE HEART OF THE SEA has some intense action, foul language and references to cannibalism. So, caution is advised.