By Suzanne A. Marshall from the January 2016 Edition
Director: Ron Howard
“A recounting of a whaling ships sinking by a giant whale in 1820 that would inspire the great novel, Moby Dick.”
Be prepared to spend a lot of time on the swollen seas with the crew of a whaling ship that embarks on its regular quest to load the ships hold with barrels of whale oil. The demand for whale oil during this era has developed a new industry for ship builders and seamen. The whale oil was most commonly used for oil lamps, soaps and margarines.
The movie begins with Herman Melville interviewing the last aged survivor of a whaling ship that encounters the infamous killer whale renowned to have escaped attempts at being caught by other whalers and has plundered their ships. Whales have become scarcer from over-fishing as the ship heads out to far seas where these whales are said to be abundant.
Now the movie becomes about the men and their ship against the giant whale that not only evades their harpoons but has an apparent grudge and turns the hunters into the hunted. The movie is very well done and realistic. I felt that I’d had a very long, wet and frightening journey at sea. It’s a really good watch.
IMDB has rated this movie at 7.2/10 stars based on 12,752 viewers
Suzanne A. Marshall hails from western Canada and has been living the good life in Manzanillo over the past 8 years. She is a wife, mom and grandma. She is retired from executive business management where her writing skills focused on bureaucratic policy, marketing and business newsletters. Now she shares the fun and joy of writing about everyday life experiences in beautiful Manzanillo, Mexico, the country, its people, the places and the events.