In the Heart of the Sea (2015)
I had eagerly anticipated this movie for almost a year, so it pains me to say that In the Heart of the Sea is a huge disappointment. And I am not some butthurt Moby Dick fan complaining that Hollywood butchered the beloved classic (by the way: this movie does not follow the actual narrative of the the novel). But I love adventure movies and I love whales and had been looking forward to a historical action drama paired with breathtaking visuals. Well, one thing is certain: the visuals were breathtakingly bad.
To be frank: In the Heart of the Sea is a CGI disaster. Every scene that is not a close-up looks fake; it’s like the green screen is palpable. Not to mention the whales: they are so completely lifeless and strange looking, they don’t resemble any sentient being. Jurassic World suffered from a similar problem, but it was okay because at least dinosaurs aren’t real, so we don’t exactly know what they’re supposed to look like. But anyone who has ever seen a whale in real life would be offended by their depiction here.
On another note: Chris Hemsworth is either a terrible actor or this was just a bad role for him. In case of the latter, I won’t put it past him, because even the great Cillian Murphy is wasted in a non-role without any purpose whatsoever. All characters seem completely interchangeable, so it is hard to even follow who dies when in the dramatic scenes at sea, but it’s even harder to care.
In short: this movies has the quality of a History Channel show and should have never seen the big screen.