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||IMDB Rating: 6.4/10 from votes
||Release: 22 December 2013 (UK) /
||Genre: Adventure, Drama
||Director: Terry Cafolla,
||Stars: Adam Rayner, Andre Agius, Charles Furness, Chris Starkie, David Gyasi, Ferdinand Kingsley, Jassa Ahluwalia, Joe Azzopardi, John Boyega, Jolyon Coy, Jonas Armstrong, Macram Borg, Martin Sheen, Paul Kaye, Stephen Buhagiar
||Synopsis: Elderly Tom Nickerson recalls how, in 1819, he went to sea as cabin boy on the whaler 'The Essex', leaving Nantucket. Its recently promoted captain George Pollard is a kindly man, unlike first mate Owen Chase and Tom notes their mutual animosity though, inspired by tales from his grandfather, envisages life at sea as romantic. A storm and a food shortage puncture his illusions but spirits are raised when a whale is sighted and caught. However some two months later another whale attacks and sinks the ship - in what Tom believes to be an act of revenge - and the crew take to the long-boats. Chase overrules Pollard in deciding that, rather than risk cannibals on the nearby Society Islands, they make the gruelling 2,000 mile journey to Peru. Ninety days later only five of the crew are rescued, the others either dead or never found. An end-title relates what happened to Tom, Pollard and Chase in later life. Written by don @ minifie-1
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The Whale is the story of a ship that sinks after it is attacked by a
whale supposedly acting in revenge; it is the true story that
inspired the writing of Moby Dick and it was a BBC production that went
out around the Christmas period in 2013. I mention this last thing
because it is important to know this going in because when it comes to
historical dramas, the Christmas schedule is rather like one long
Sunday night mostly things are non-challenging and when they are
dramas they tend to be not too subtle, and when they are costume pieces
then they tend to wear that on their sleeves (so to speak).
With The Whale there is certainly the sense of a drama where we have a
solid meat and potatoes historical epic but it knows it is this. As a
result we get a product that is so focused on being what it says on the
tin that it really doesn't do much else. It delivers the basic elements
of the story in a practical sense but does so without too much flair.
There are some visual devices (such as the blood on the water) but
generally it is a surprisingly straight telling and I found myself
unmoved by the plight and the events. Odd the film seems to take longer
at the start than at the end the life boat period goes by too
quickly, with only a short amount of time in the boat. Likewise the
whale of the title is limited in its time on screen.
It probably didn't help that a day or so before I watched this, I saw
Life of Pi and Blackfish, so life boat sequences and the suffering of
whales were both in my mind. Anyway, the cast are given chunky but
obvious dialogue to deliver and most manage it just fine. Sheen is
placed front and centre, stuck in some nice facial hair additions and
left to simply be Martin Sheen, this proving this is a quality film,
right? His narration is as dry as the sailor's lips though telling
his best moment is one where he is silent when they cut to him. The
rest of the cast are solid despite having mostly nautical clichés to
deliver not helped by the scenario being familiar to the viewer.
Armstrong, Rayner, Furness, Gyasi, Boyega and others are all decent
enough. The film looks good and the effects are technically good even
if they do look like a really well render shape, rather than a real
whale. Sets, costumes and the like are all fine but it never doesn't
feel like a BBC Sunday night.
It is worth a look if you are in an undemanding mood, but it is
workmanlike fare without too much flair or substance outside of all the
material you already know will be in there.
Tags for The Whale Full Movie
, Andre Agius
, Charles Furness
, Chris Starkie
, David Gyasi
, Ferdinand Kingsley
, Jassa Ahluwalia
, Joe Azzopardi
, John Boyega
, Jolyon Coy
, Jonas Armstrong
, Macram Borg
, Martin Sheen
, Paul Kaye
, Stephen Buhagiar
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