In the Heart of the Sea

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This is a 2015 biographical thriller film based on the 2000 book of the same name by Nathaniel Philbrick’s, about the sinking of the whaleship Essex. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, and Tom Holland.

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 sunk when it is rammed by a very large and enraged bull sperm whale, ultimately leaving its crew shipwrecked at sea for 90 days over a thousand miles from land. After the attack, the crew sails for South America and is forced to resort to cannibalism.

Other cast members include Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson, Michelle Fairley, Gary Beadle, Frank Dillane, Donald Sumpter and Charlotte Riley.

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