In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

in the heatDirector: Ron Howard

Writer: Charles Leavitt (Screenplay) Charles Leavitt, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Nathaniel Philbrick (Story)

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw, Michelle Fairley, Tom Holland


Plot: Based on the 1820 event, a whaling ship is preyed upon by a giant whale, stranding its crew at sea for 90 days, thousands of miles from home.


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Verdict: Brilliant Sea Adventure


Story: In the Heart of the Sea starts as author Herman Melville (Whishaw) tracks Tom Nickerson (Gleeson) the last remaining survivor of the whaling ship the Essex to learn the story of what happen on the ship all those years ago. We move to meet Owen Chase (Hemsworth) a brilliant whaler who upon his next leave expects to captain a ship, he finds himself having to the First Mate to rookie Captain George Pollard (Walker) as they set out with their crew to hunt whales.

It isn’t long before the two clash but reluctantly put aside their differences to make this journey quick and as the two are putting aside their differences they earn the respect of the ship until they meet their match when they come up against a ginormous white whale that sinks their ship and terrorise them as they look for a way home.

In the Heart of the Sea is the story behind the fictional story based on the true story. The idea the story is being told doesn’t help this story because the character telling the story wasn’t involved in every scene of the film, but once you see past this we get to see a story that really comes off well. The hunting scenes are hard to watch because it is such a rare scene to see now a days. I do think this is a brilliant story of survival which is all about getting home. The lack of supporting character development doesn’t help us enjoy the story.


Actor Review


Chris Hemsworth: Owen Chase is the experienced whaler who reluctantly has to work under Pollard who isn’t prepared to be a captain in this game. He clashes with Pollard but keeps delivering results to help make their trip shorter only to find himself stranded with the men after an encounter with giant white whale. Chris does a great job in this leading role showing his full star

Benjamin Walker: George Pollard is the Captain of the ship who has to win over the men even as he clashes with Chase, he makes decision that Chase opposes which could put the men in danger, after the ship gets sunk he must lead his men to safety while being chased down by the sae whale that sank their ship. Benjamin does a good job in this leading role but sometimes doesn’t have the power over Chase needed at the start.pollard

Brendan Gleeson: Tom Nickerson is the last survivor of the Essex that ambitious writer Herman Melville turns to for the story of what happened, he doesn’t want to talk about what happened but this one time he will give the full story. Brendan is good in the supporting narrator to this story.

Ben Whishaw: Herman Melville is the author trying to finish his story of Moby Dick and this one night hearing the story from Tom Nickerson will give him the final pieces to his story. Ben does well in this role with the man being told the story.

Support Cast: In the Heart of the Sea has a supporting cast that doesn’t seem to get used as well as it should with all the character actors involved.

Director Review: Ron HowardRon gives us a good story with brilliant effects but lacking of development of supporting characters.


Action: In the Heart of the Sea has breath taking sea based action with the destruction caused by the whales.

Adventure: In the Heart of the Sea shows the adventures of the whalers as they come up against the giant white whale.

Biographical: In the Heart of the Sea shows how the story Moby Dick came about.

History: In the Heart of the Sea shows how in history whales were hunted for the oil.

Thriller: In the Heart of the Sea keeps us on the edge as we wonder who will make it back alive.

Settings: In the Heart of the Sea creates the settings in the ocean to make us feel like we are there with them.
Special Effects
: In the Heart of the Sea has great special effects to create the whales through the film.

Suggestion: In the Heart of the Sea is one to watch to learn the basic idea behind the legendary story of Moby Dick. (Watch)


Best Part: Ship destruction.

Worst Part: Whale hunting is hard to watch.


Believability: Based on the true story of the Essex, a whaling ship that was attacked and sunk by a sperm whale in the southern Pacific Ocean in 1820. The incident inspired Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick”.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances:

Budget: $100 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 1 Minute

Tagline: From the director of Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind.

Trivia: Herman Melville never actually sailed aboard the Essex. He did however sail on a whaling ship called the Acushnet.


Overall: Breath taking adventure against the whale


How to Save Us (2014)

save usDirector: Jason Trost

Writer: Jason Trost (Screenplay)

Starring: Jason Trost, Tallay Wickham, Coy Jandreau, Michael Gupta, Ryan Gibson


Plot: Brian Everett’s younger brother Sam goes missing on the island of Tasmania during the middle of a mysterious quarantine forcing Brian to traverse across enemy lines to save his brother from an army of ghosts.


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Verdict: Tense Meaningful Horror


Story: How to Save Us starts by telling us the island of Tasmania has been evacuated and travel there is prohibited 39 days ago and with conspiracies about what is happening running wild no one knows what is going on, on the island. Brian (Trost) has to travel to Tasmania to locate his missing brother Sam (Jandreau) who had been off the radar during the evacuation.

Following the rules set to him Brian has to allude an invisible enemy that has taken over the island, Brian needs certain equipment to make this journey, a radio which will pick up the invaders signal when close, an infer-red camera to see them and ash of the dead to throw them off his scent. We follow both men on the separate journeys across the island where they will learn to defend themselves and learn the shocking truth.

How to Save Us brings us a horror film that has heart stopping moments that also has a story involving personal demons. The story does bounce between the two characters which at times seems repetitive but that would be the only down side for this very simple but tense story. When we have any scene with the ghosts you instantly are alert with fear which is one of the hardest things to achieve in horror and this film does it with ease. The simple rules work because it doesn’t over complicate the story either.  


Actor Review


Jason Trost: Brian travels to Tasmania to find his brother Sam, he must follow in his footsteps and instructions to survive this new danger filled location with invisible enemies that have taken over. He has to learn how to outsmart the enemies as well as destroy them as he gets the final answers to his questions. Jason does a great job in this leading role without being an over the top character.

Coy Jandreau: Sam is the brother of Brian who was on Tasmania looking for answers to the quarantine, he leaves instructions for Brian to follow if he ever comes looking for him to warn him of the dangers he will encounter. Coy does a good job in this role as the guide to the story.

Support Cast: How to Save Us only really has supporting characters in voice overs with the sister being the most important of them all.

Director Review: Jason TrostJason does a brilliant job directing this with stunning shots and a suspense filled story that knows when to have the scary moments and when not too.


Horror: How to Save Us uses the horror very well by having the scares actually terrify when happening.

Sci-Fi: How to Save Us shows us a world with an unexplained situation which we learn the answers too without learning all of them.

Settings: How to Save Us uses the settings very well making every shot look beautiful.
Special Effects
: How to Save Us has brilliant special effects for the budget with the enemy that isn’t always there for us to see.

Suggestion: How to Save Us is one I will encourage any horror fan to go and see. (Watch)


Best Part: Final confrontation.

Worst Part: Uses the same shots to show the following in footsteps.


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Pulse


Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $20,000

Runtime: 1 Hour 18 Minutes


Overall: Hidden gem in the horror genre this year


2015 Watched List Part 39

Over the past year I have seen an incredible amount of films and I have decided to share with you all which ones I have seen in what order. I am going to be doing these in groups of ten, where I will pick my favourite of the bunch and the worst of the bunch.

So without further ramblings here we go with 391 – 400:

  1. Hitman Agent 47 logo The reboot of a video game film that disappoints because the original is one of my favourites of the video game world films.
  2. Inception inception This is one of my all time favourite films that I will usually watch at least once a year.
  3. Stretch logo This action comedy is all popcorn flick which is easy to watch and keeps you guessing just how far it can go.
  4. Sinister 2 logo Awful sequel we didn’t need.
  5. No Good Deed logo Thriller following escaped murderer as he stumbles across his latest victim.
  6. Black Xmas logo Awful remake we didn’t need.
  7. The Thing 2011 logo A prequel to one of the greatest films ever films made, it does work to build what ends up happening but can’t stand next to the original.
  8. Crawl or Die logo Claustrophobic horror that will leave you beginning for open space.
  9. Man on Wire logo Documentary following the Philip Petit and his walk between the twin towers.
  10. Alone With Her logo Disturbing thriller showing how a stalker can start off nice but turn deadly.

The Best – Inceptioninception

The Worst – Black Xmaslogo