“A dead whale or a stove vessel!” was Captain Ahab’s cry in Moby-Dick. It echoes eerie and unheard through In the Heart of the Sea, a whaling experience — a frightfulness enterprise truly — about the genuine occasions that enlivened Melville’s showstopper.
It’s an exciting watch. Chief Ron Howard and screenwriter Charles Leavitt spear the story, taking into account a book by Nathaniel Philbrick and the journals of two survivors, and drag it whipping and thrashing through symbolism outraged, clear and fabulous. The immense Anthony Dod Mantle (Festen, Slumdog Millionaire) is the cinematographer. The altering, scarcely less bravura, is by Ron Howard veteran Dan Hanley (Apollo).