REVIEW: Hearthrob Hemsworth harpoons fans with whale tail
WHAT do you get when you bring four Game of Thrones' actors, three Peaky Blinders' actors and three Harry Potter actors together to do a movie?
I'll throw an extra variable into the equation - an incredibly good looking, golden-locked Australian by the name of Chris Hemsworth.
The answer: one of the most breath-taking, exciting, emotional stories of the classic tale of Moby Dick - In the Heart of the Sea.
Heart of the Sea, starring Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Benjamin Walker, Brendan Gleeson, Michelle Fairley, Ben Whishaw to name a few, and directed by Ron Howard, brings a refreshing take on a story about a giant whale and the greed of man.
Set In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance.
The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville's Moby-Dick.
But In the Heart of the Sea, Howard reveals the harrowing aftermath of the men who fought to survive with little to no food, water and diminishing hope.
The crew are pushed to the limit, partaking in unspeakable things, questioning their lives and the morality of their trade as whale hunters.
In the Heart of the Sea is beautifully filmed to lift the spirits upon setting sail, to diming all hope when disaster strikes.
Upon spotting their first whale, the ship charges towards its prey accompanied by dolphins - the energy is electric.
But it's not until first mate Owen Chase (Hemsworth) holds the harpoon high in the air, that you're left feeling uneasy about their intentions.
While whaling was a means of income all those years ago, modern morals can't help but get in the way of this film - and that is exactly how In the Heart of the Sea wants you to feel.
Conflicted, but curious.
Each character brings their own to the story, bringing a wholesome feel to the film - you aren't just left feeling empathy for Owen, his comrades, (particularly second mate Matthew Joy (Murphy) and youngest sailor Thomas Nickerson (Tom Holland - who also stars in the upcoming Spiderman Reboot) have you tugging at your heart-strings.
In the Heart of the Sea is a timeless tale, an appreciation of life of all creatures and Mother Nature that work in their own unique way to keep the human race from poking their heads too high above the clouds - there is still much to learn and we are not at the top of the food chain as so many before us have claimed.
In the Heart of the Sea
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw, Michelle Fairley, Tom Holland
Reviewer: Tamara MacKenzie
Verdict: 5 out of 5 saved whales