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Under the lash of a demon

Director Ron Howard brings to the big screen a period tragedy of epic proportions.

Published Thu, Dec 3, 2015 · 09:50 PM
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THE best seafaring yarns typically portray men under duress - a beleaguered crew in a desperate battle against a formidable adversary, whether it be the elements, an enemy warship or a great white shark. With all the necessary ingredients in place, In the Heart of the Sea had the potential to be a classic in the grand tradition but instead of humming with life, it flounders in a sea of mediocrity.

The true story of the American whaling vessel Essex and its epic encounter with a monster of the deep - a sperm whale of massive proportions - inspired Herman Melville to write Moby-Dick in 1…

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