In the Heart of the Sea

2015 PG-13 2h 2m Blu-ray / DVD

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In the Heart of the Sea

2015 PG-13 2h 2m Blu-ray / DVD
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Revisiting the incredible true tale of the whaling ship Essex, which was rammed and sunk by a sperm whale in 1820, this historical drama chronicles the crew's horrific 90-day struggle to survive amid storms, hunger and despair.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
  • Chris Hemsworth
  • Benjamin Walker
  • Cillian Murphy
  • Tom Holland
  • Brendan Gleeson
  • Ben Whishaw
  • Jordi MollĂ 
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Reviews

age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that In the Heart of the Sea is based on Nathaniel Philbrick's best-selling nonfiction book about the 19th-century maritime disaster that inspired Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. There's quite a bit of violence in the film: The whale damages the characters' ship so completely that lives are lost (men drown and are burned, crushed, and more), and others spend three months stranded. During that time, the survivors commit cannibalism (discussed but not shown) and suicide/self sacrifice so that the others might eat. Characters also use guns and drink, and a couple are alcoholics (one recovering, one who uses alcohol to numb painful memories).

Sexual Content

A couple of marital kisses; quick glimpse of a man's pin-up tattoo of a topless, buxom woman.

Violence

Intense peril and many deaths and disasters: men drown, starve to death, and are killed by injuries caused by the whale or ship parts; they're also crushed by falling debris and burned. Men threaten one another with guns/pistols, and one shoots himself so that the others might eat him (overt references to/discussion of cannibalism, but the act itself isn't shown). Several dead bodies visible.

Language

"Goddammit," "damn it," "s--t," "ass," "son of a b--ch"

Social Behavior

Positive messages about teamwork and loyalty, but also complicated messages about the moral ambiguity of what's required to survive under extreme circumstances.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Whalers drink wine and hard liquor at meals. In the framing story, Herman Melville and another character drink whiskey to the point of drunkenness. Two characters are considered alcoholics.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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