Monday, October 20, 2014

Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy: In the Heart of the Sea trailer


Well I have seen the trailer for In the Heart of the Sea which stars Chris Hemsworth and all I can say is, it looks like a whale of a tale. Yes, I went there. Hemsworth was in Ron Howard's amazing Rush; the director must have fallen in love with Hensworth just as I did because Howard cast him as the real life captain of the whaling vessel the Essex. The film — which is now scheduled to come out December 11, 2015 not March — is based on the book about the true story that inspired Herman Melville's Moby Dick. 
The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the nineteenth century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the twentieth. In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with twenty crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than ninety days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival. Nathaniel Philbrick uses little-known documents-including a long-lost account written by the ship's cabin boy-and penetrating details about whaling and the Nantucket community to reveal the chilling events surrounding this epic maritime disaster. An intense and mesmerizing read, In the Heart of the Sea is a monumental work of history forever placing the Essex tragedy in the American historical canon.
Yep, pretty sure, Melville didn't read Nathanial Philbrick's account;  the author's name only sounds like it's straight out of the 1800's? Philbrick was born in 1956, the National Book Award winning book was published in the year 2000.


For my Dreaming of France friends, here's the trailer in French.  It's a nebulous connection at best but the French voice over grabbed me. Au Coeur de la Ocean, un film de Ron Howard avec Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Benjamin Walker et Ben Whishaw.




And here it is in English. It's the same, correct?


The film opens December 11, 2015. 

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for this Sim, I love the French trailer. I have a real interest in the book & now film as I lived on Nantucket at the time Nat Philbreck was writing it there. Our kids went to school together.

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    1. I think I've said this before Sally but I want your life!

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  2. That film poster is pretty amazing. I'm teaching right now, so can't watch the trailer, but I can still dream about it. In French and English.

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    1. That is stunning isn't it? The mega-shadow of a Moby Dick-like killer whale swimming below the surface is stunning and terrifying.

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