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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Good Dinosaur: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

Arlo (voiced by Raymond Ochoa) hatches as the third offspring of Poppa and Mama Apatosaurus (Jeffrey Wright and Frances McDormand). They live in a farm where all of them had different chores to do and try to earn their mark. However, little Arlo struggles to keep up with his older siblings. Soon, a tragedy strike, leaving Arlo swept along the river away from his home. He now must face his fears and journey a long way with an unfamiliar companion at his side aiding for his needs.

The Good Dinosaur is a sweet reminder of what Disney and Pixar is giving us each time they release an animated movie. It basically had the same formula, but they delivered it neatly and brilliantly to get your attention right from the beginning. The backdrop animation feels so real with a stunning scenery of the mountains, and crystal clear rivers are indeed a visual treat.

As for the story, The Good Dinosaur is compelling throughout. It is packed with charming characters and emotional tropes but rides on some unfamiliar territory that is quite unusual for a Pixar film. The journey was majestic and made us remember The Land Before Time franchise that also made us feel emotional. For us, Inside Out is clearly the best animated film released this year, but The Good Dinosaur isn't far behind. 

Overall, The Good Dinosaur compiles and shows the important meaning of friendship, courage, love and family within an extraordinary adventure that will surely entertain all ages. It is another remarkable Pixar film that you shouldn't dare to miss on the big screen.


Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 10 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright, Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand

Directed by: Peter Sohn
Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios PH
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide  


The Good Dinosaur Trailer
The Good Dinosaur TrailerOpens November 25, 2015Walt Disney Studios
Posted by Lakwatsera Lovers on Thursday, 12 November 2015
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Victor Frankenstein (2015): Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

Igor Strausman (Daniel Radcliffe) is a hunchback who is the center of attraction to be humiliated in front of a big crowd in the circus every night. Behind his disastrous look is a big heart and a gifted mind which was discovered by a radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy) who takes him under his wing. With Victor bringing a new life to Igor, the two shares a striking vision and prepare for the grandest discovery that can change the fate of humanity.  

The film features a reinvented tale of Mary Shelley's novel who gets another brand-new twist in the latest Victor Frankenstein. This time around Victor is played by no other than by James McAvoy, who shined and gave out a strong performance. He provided the spark and leveled up the insanity of the mad scientist who wanted to pursue his dark creation. McAvoy made Victor a character to remember not only for his creation but also as a maker of the ferocious monster. Daniel Radcliffe also injects new life to our beloved Igor, who had a complete make-over and played major minutes to make the entire thing entertaining. He managed to stay within striking distance to McAvoy, who constantly runs the whole show.

As for the story, it isn't scary, but it had some thrilling bits to play around it's talented actors who are just having some fun while they're filming it. The effects were also pretty decent but our monster clearly lacks some screen time to create more adrenaline rush to the viewers. The monster design is also terrible and weak. Other than that, the film is pretty clever and definitely an enjoyable Frankenstein themed movie released from the past few years. 

Overall, Victor Frankenstein stands on its own in reinventing the classic novel into an adventurous adaptation. James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe did the trick perfectly in making this film engaging and a satisfying treat for avid moviegoers. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 7 out of 10 stars 

Cast: James McAvoy, Daniel Radcliffe, Jessica Brown Findlay

Directed by: Paul McGuigan
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox PH
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide

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My Bebe Love: Kilig Pa More Releases Full Trailer

After an accidental glimpse, an ultimate love-team was born. Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza swept the entire nation with a tremendous success not only in the longest running noontime show "Eat Bulaga" but all across the Philippines with product advertisements, magazine covers and different collectible merchandise. Still, the two isn't done yet in giving Aldub nation more cheesy moments on their Kalyeserye as the two are set to treat their fans with an MMFF entry titled "My Bebe Love: Kilig Pa More" with Bossing Vic Sotto and Ai-Ai Delas Alas. 

My Bebe Love is expected to be one of the top grossing film in this year's filmfest. The full trailer of the film is already released online which you can view below:

My Bebe Love Kilig Pa More TrailerOpens December 25Starring Vic Sotto, Ai-Ai Delas Alas, Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza#MMFF2015 #Aldub
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The film also stars Arlene Muhlach, Ryan Yllana and Valeen Montenegro with the special appearance from Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola, Paolo Ballesteros, Ryzza Mae Dizon and Mr. Joey De Leon.


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Producers' Cut of BONIFACIO: ANG UNANG PANGULO to be Released in Cinemas

Historical films, which were once considered unexciting, have now crossed over to mainstream pop culture thanks to the unprecedented success of the movie Heneral Luna. The film has sparked a yearning and curiosity among Filipino filmgoers for movies with a similarly rich historical and cultural value. Among the films that have gained renewed attention is the 2014 epic Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo.

Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo earned the Best Picture plum at last year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (as well as this year’s Star Awards and FAMAS) and is considered to be the unofficial kick-off to the historical wave that Heneral Luna started. The film even featured a mid-credit teaser of Heneral Luna during its cinema run.

With the same producers behind both films, movie fans will now have a chance to relive the revolution and see Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo once again with the limited theatrical release of the movie’s Producers’ and International Cut.

Bigger, better, and more action-packed, this particular version contains never-before-seen footage and new content delivered by its lead star Robin Padilla. Featuring English subtitles, the local release for the film will also coincide with a US premiere in New York this coming November 30 in time for the celebration of the birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio. Earlier this year, the producers’ cut of Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo was honored with a standing ovation during its European premiere in Barcelona.

Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo Producers’ Cut is produced by Fernando Ortigas for Tuko Films Productions and Eduardo Rocha for Buchi Boy Films. Distributed by Solar Entertainment, the film opens on Wednesday, November 25 in cinemas in SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, SM Manila, SM Fairview, and SM Sta. Mesa.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

New “ZOOTOPIA” Trailer Hilariously Tests Your Patience

Walt Disney Animation Studios has just unreeled a new trailer for its upcoming comedy-adventure “Zootopia” which may be viewed below: 

The trailer puts a hilarious spin on that dreadful frustration people feel when their fate is in the hands of not-so-efficient bureacracy.

Zootopia” is directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”), and produced by Clark Spencer (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “Lilo & Stitch”).

The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when rookie Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery.

Opening across the Philippines on March 02, 2016, “Zootopia” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures. Follow the official social media accounts of Disney in the Philippines, namely, (FB) WaltDisneyStudiosPH, (Twitter) @disneystudiosph and (Instagram) @waltdisneystudiosph and use the hashtag #ZootopiaPH.
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Extreme Action Across Land, Water and Air in “POINT BREAK” Movie

Traversing land, water and air, “Point Break” brings the action beyond limits following a young FBI agent, Johnny Utah played by Luke Bracey, a deep undercover who follows a group of elite athletes suspected of carrying out crimes in the most unusual ways, unconcerned of those who gets killed in the process.
The film brings in new and the most daring athleticism ever seen in a motion picture.  Edgar Ramirez who also stars in the movie guarantees that they have protected the legacy of the 1991 movie that starred Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves.  “Always, I cannot believe that I’m making the movie.  It’s almost magic, the whole thing.  I remember I would always joke among my friends about a remake of Point Break.  I would say, “You know what?  Whenever there’s a remake of Point Break, I’m going to do it.” But since it’s such a California movie, and especially the role of Bodhi was such a California rooted character, I thought I would not be the first choice for it.  Then the fact that the movie was offered to me, because it’s taking on a world scale, and it’s precisely Bodhi, the character that I always wanted to play.  I remember when I first met Katherine Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty—actually we met for another movie and that never got made, and then she called me and invited me to Zero Dark Thirty.  I remember when we first met the first thing I said was, “You have no idea the magnitude of the influence that Point Break has had on me and my friends and my generation,” and I went on about how much I love it,  and what I know, and all that.  Then suddenly making that movie now, it’s pure magic,” says Ramirez from his recent interviews. 
He excitedly shares that, “I’m very, very happy.  I’m very happy, because we’re not going to copy the movie, it’s a different story, but it keeps the subversive aspect—the subversion, the anti-system, the breaking out, the breaking free spirit of the first one; that’s what we’re going to try to definitely be faithful to that spirit—that you can take charge, that you can be in control, that you can think out of the box and you can reject the system and try to live on the grid, but on your own terms.  So that’s pretty much the spirit, but it’s definitely not going to be—it is a remake in the terms that you have Utah and you have Bodhi and you have that spirit, but it goes beyond surfing and it’s a story that happens in today’s time.  So I’m the first huge fan of Point Break and of course I will make sure that I protect it’s legacy.”  

Point Break” is directed by Ericson Core, who served as director of photography on such films as “Invincible,” “The Fast and the Furious” and “Payback,” was also the director of photography on “Point Break.”  The creative filmmaking team includes production designer Udo Kramer (“North Face,” “The Physician”); editors Thom Noble (“Thelma & Louise,” Oscar winner for “Witness”), Gerald B. Greenberg (Oscar winner, “The French Connection”), and John Duffy (National Geographic’s “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey”); Oscar-nominated costume designer Lisy Christl (“Anonymous,” “White House Down”); composer Tom Holkenberg (“Mad Max: Fury Road”); and Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor John Nelson (“Gladiator”).

  Opening in Philippine cinemas three (3) weeks ahead of its US release date, “Point Break” opens December 3 (Thursday) in theatres nationwide from Pioneer Films.
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“THE HUNGER GAMES” Scribe Billy Ray Takes on Latest Directorial Seat in “SECRET IN THEIR EYES”

Billy Ray, an Academy Award nominee known for his stirring screenplays of box-office smash hits such as “The Hunger Games,” “Captain Phillips” and “Flightplan” takes director’s seat in “Secret In Their Eyes” where he has assembled an award-winning cast and for the first time brings together Academy Award winners Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman with Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Secret in Their Eyes” is based on “El Secreto de Sus Ojos,” the 2010 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film, directed by Juan Jose Campanella.  In the movie, a parent’s worst nightmare happens when investigator Jess Cobb (Roberts) finds her daughter brutally murdered, along with his best pal in the force, Ray Kasten (Ejiofor), the two set out to uncover the elusive killer with the aid of district attorney Claire Sloan (Kidman).  Years passed and the killer is still lose on the streets of Los Angeles, beneath the missions, Jess tries hard to cover the pain that has haunted her for years after her daughter’s death. 

The movie is also produced by Academy Award winner Mark Johnson (“Rain Man,” “Breaking Bad”) who has known Ray’s works for decades but it’s the first time that Ray and Johnson work for “Secret In Their Eyes.”  When they saw the Argentine thriller “El Secreto de Sus Ojos,” neither of them could stop talking about it. “El Secreto de Sus Ojos, is spectacular,” says Billy, “I was completely floored by it, had a reverence for it that bordered on awe. Then Mark asked me if I wanted to adapt it. At first I was hesitant because you don’t want to take on anything that is so great that you feel dwarfed by it before you even start. But I did feel there was an American version of the story worth retelling and exploring.” Every time the pair got frustrated tackling the weighty subject matter, they had an unabashed cheerleader in Juan Campanella, who directed the Argentine film. “Here was a man who wanted to solve a cold case but the reason why he wanted to solve it was not only to find the culprit but to find the root of his own loneliness,” Campanella says. “That to me was very original. Contrary to what people might think, I really like it when somebody takes a piece of work and turns it into something different.”   Billy says an impetus for the American version lay in the events of 9/11. ”The horror of that event was so big and so indelible for anybody who was in America at that time. But it created a story opportunity for our movie that no other context could have.” “Billy found a great twist on the story,” Campanella says. “He respected a lot of the emotion of the original but found a very American way of telling it.” Billy admits that he initially thought he was writing a movie about loss. “But it turns out that I was writing a movie about obsession. Stories do that sometimes, they tell you what they are about.

For Julia Roberts the essence of the story is about the evolution of people who were taken off track by destiny.  “I was very taken with Billy’s script. I don’t read a lot of scripts that I like and I don’t work very often. But I read this and thought it was truly interesting.  “Billy has been remarkable for me as an actor. He’s so available and he’s like Encyclopedia Brown. He knows everything, he’s calm and he’s super-loving. He’s always taking care of all of us in these very fragile scenarios that he’s created. I think he probably feels bad for putting us through all this,” she laughs. 

Nicole Kidman says that the plot intrigued her when she first read the script. “Rarely do you get scripts that have three strong protagonists and a really, really strong storyline. I’ve known Billy for a while now and I wanted to work with him and the idea of doing this with Julia and Chiwetel was compelling. “For me writer-directors are the best combination.  Billy is so collaborative and he has a great sense of structure and a great sense of humor. He frequently would rewrite or change things a little bit in order to adapt to what Chiwetel and I needed. I call him Professor Billy because he also teaches writing and has so much knowledge of film."

  Secret in their Eyes” opens December 2 in theaters from Axinite Digicinema.

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“CREED” Takes The “ROCKY” Legacy to a New Direction

It takes strength and determination to be a world-class fighter. But for Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), even with boxing in his blood, it will take something more: Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone). To step out from the shadow of Apollo Creed, the father he never knew, Adonis must get Rocky back in the ring.

Although the former champ has been out of the fight game for some time, Adonis reminds him of the tough, young upstart he himself once was. After some prodding, Rocky agrees to train him, his way, in Warner Bros. Pictures' new boxing thriller, “Creed.”

The challenge of re-envisioning the ultimate underdog story that began with “Rocky” was one that writer/director Ryan Coogler considered even before he was out of film school. “I grew up watching ‘Rocky’ movies with my dad; it was our thing,” he states. “Rocky is a character that people just connect with—action fans, drama fans, hopeless romantics, even just movie fans—everyone likes ‘Rocky’ movies because they have something for everyone.”

Before Adonis could coax Rocky into coming back, Coogler had to receive Sylvester Stallone’s blessing to work with the character, and the actor’s commitment to put the gloves back on. Stallone, also a producer on the film, has played one of the most legendary and beloved characters in film history in six “Rocky” films over nearly four decades. He says, “The impression Rocky has left on people is both confounding and extraordinary to me. I’ve always felt a relentless responsibility to keep the character intact because of that. So when Ryan came to me with the idea of Adonis Creed coming into the picture, I thought it was incredible, this filmmaker who is so young and yet so captivated by what we’d begun all those years ago. I admit, I was intrigued.”

Coogler had come up with the story, and partnered with fellow writer Aaron Covington on the screenplay. “Ryan and I met the first day of film school at USC,” Covington relates. “We have similar backgrounds, similar interests, and we started collaborating almost from day one, helping each other on set, tossing ideas back and forth. One day he asked me if I watched the ‘Rocky’ movies growing up; of course I’d seen them a dozen times. Then he said, ‘What if we continued that story with Apollo Creed’s son?’ I could see that Ryan had an honest vision for the story so I was instantly on board.”

The fact that, for the first time, a story about Rocky Balboa was not penned by Stallone could have been cause for concern among the two production entities who compose the banner Chartoff Winkler, the principals being Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler. The pair produced the original “Rocky,” which was nominated for ten Oscars and won three, including Best Picture. Chartoff passed away earlier this year, and “Creed” is dedicated to his memory.

Producer Charles Winkler grew up with the “Rocky” franchise in the family and served as executive producer and second unit director on the sixth film, “Rocky Balboa.” He offers, “I think Ryan’s idea was so solid that we all acknowledged this was the way to take it in a new direction and present it to a new generation. It’s been fascinating to watch the torch being passed.”

William Chartoff was also raised on “Rocky”; his father, the late Robert Chartoff, produced the series and the younger worked on the fourth and sixth films, producing the latter. He and his father both served as producers on “Creed” as well. “Knowing how much Rocky has meant to me and my dad, and learning how significant the films had been to Ryan and his father’s relationship, well, that really resonated with us,” he states. “Then he wrote this character who is a young man trying to follow in the footsteps of his father, to live up to a standard—a legacy—which is an incredible burden for anybody, but with the added layer of never having known him. It’s a rich story with a compelling personal journey to follow.”

  Opening across the Philippines on Dec. 09, 2015, “Creed” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Great Vocal Talents Add Life to “GOOD DINOSAUR” Characters

Aside from the lead voice actors for Arlo and Spot, Disney-Pixar's “The Good Dinosaur” features an extraordinary roster of voice talent for the supporting characters. “We were lucky to work with a number of incredible pros along the way and our story ultimately led us to this amazing and talented group,” says director Peter Sohn. “It’s been a privilege to see these performers bring our characters to life.”

POPPA (Jeffrey Wright). Brave and selfless, Poppa is a devoted husband and father, working tirelessly to make a life for his family on their farm. He has a soft spot for Arlo, his small and fearful son, and takes special care of him as he grows up. Poppa believes in Arlo and knows that with enough perseverance, Arlo can overcome his fear and make his mark.

MOMMA (Frances McDormand). A loving wife and mother, Momma is smart and quick-witted. She’s a hard worker with a lot of love for her family, and she keeps her children and their farm in order. Her quiet strength is the backbone of the family.

BUCK (Marcus Scribner) is Arlo’s brother: they’re the same age, but Buck is bigger, stronger and a little rambunctious. He likes to tease his fearful brother as often as he can—and Arlo is an easy target. Buck’s size, strength and confidence allow him to do things that Arlo can’t imagine doing—like ripping a tree out of the ground with his teeth. 

LIBBY (Maleah Padilla). Arlo's sister Libby is a capable and willful girl who can plow a mean field. The little trickster has a great sense of humor, and loves playing silly pranks on her family.

PET COLLECTOR (Peter Sohn) is a mysterious Styracosaurus who lives in the wilderness. Like Arlo, he harbors unreasonable fears. His ability to blend into his surroundings helps—along with an unusual (but not exactly fierce) collection of forest critters he’s recruited to protect him.

BUTCH (Sam Elliott) is a rugged and intimidating Tyrannosaurus Rex—showcased by the gruesome scar across his face. A veteran rancher who’s a real pro when it comes to herding longhorns, Butch encourages his kids Ramsey and Nash to learn by doing, hurling them into one hairy situation after another. Butch likes nothing better than trading war-stories over a campfire at the end of a long day.

A fearless, whip-smart and no-nonsense Tyrannosaurus Rex rancher, RAMSEY (Anna Paquin) loves the challenge of driving a herd of longhorns with her father, Butch, and her little brother Nash. Ramsey has a lively, outgoing personality—she likes good jokes, tells a mean story and has a soft spot for those in need.

An enthusiastic young Tyrannosaurus Rex, NASH (AJ Buckley) lives for adventure, and loves when something unexpected breaks up the routine of rounding up longhorns with his father, Butch, and his big sister Ramsey. He isn’t the sharpest of spurs and has trouble keeping track of their herd, but his mischievous charm and positive attitude make him good company out on the range.

The PTERODACTYLS (Steve Zahn, Mandy Freund and Steven Clay Hunter) are a search-and-“rescue" team of five. They like to sit back and let the often-treacherous storms in this part of the world do their dirty work, then reap the benefits of the devastation. But when these flying hunter-scavengers set their sights on Spot and Arlo, they’re in for a big surprise. The voices behind the pterodactyls include .

RAPTORS (Dave Boat, Carrie Paff, Calum Mackenzie Grant and John Ratzenberger) prey on the prized herd of longhorns that belong to Butch and his Tyrannosaurus Rex family. Raptors—or Rustlers, as Butch calls them—sport wiry, feathered bodies and hardly compare in size or strength to a T-Rex. But as a group, the Raptors pose quite a threat, and even a T-Rex may need to call in reinforcements before tangling with them.

Disney•Pixar’s "The Good Dinosaur" asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend.

  Opening across the Philippines on Nov. 25, “The Good Dinosaur” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures. Follow the official social media accounts of Disney in the Philippines, namely, (FB) WaltDisneyStudiosPH, (Twitter) @disneystudiosph and (Instagram) @waltdisneystudiosph and use the hashtag #GoodDinoPH.
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Walker, Murphy, Whishaw 3 Actors Journey to “THE HEART OF THE SEA”

Three acclaimed actors lend their talents to making Warner Bros. Pictures' new action-adventure “In the Heart of the Sea” a compelling viewing experience: Benjamin Walker (“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer”), Cillian Murphy (“Batman Begins”) and Ben Whishaw (“Skyfall,” “Spectre”).

Directed by Ron Howard, the film is based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling book about the dramatic true journey of the Essex in the winter of 1820. The New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. “In the Heart of the Sea” reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade.

Benjamin Walker, who plays the role of Essex Captain George Pollard, posits that the mortal clash between the whalers and the whale is only one component. “There are three great trials encompassed in this story: man against man, man against nature, man against self. How can you overcome those trials and survive? That’s the question of the movie. But there’s beauty in that; you see the endurance of the human spirit.”

Although Pollard has the power of command, he is plagued by the doubts that come with knowing it was given but not earned. “George Pollard did not get to choose what he wanted to be,” Walker elaborates. “He is the scion of an established whaling family and has grown up with the responsibility of living up to the Pollard legacy…whether he has the aptitude for it or not. There is a lot of pressure on him, and understanding that pressure is understanding George Pollard.”

Ben Walker is an excellent actor,” states Howard. “He has the intelligence and insight to comprehend the complexity of a character like Pollard, who is driven not by a need to conquer, not to hunt whales, but to measure up to some ideal with which the family name burdens him.”

Walker relates, “He gets the opportunity with his first captaincy, which is all well and good…until he is assigned Owen Chase (Chris Hemsworth) as a first mate. From then on, there is a struggle between the two men that forces Pollard to figure out who he is as a man as opposed to who he is within the context of his family. And I think that is fascinating…someone discovering themselves in the midst of being tested by the circumstances of nature.”

The conflict between the captain and first mate leaves Second Mate Matthew Joy to try and smooth the waters between them. Cillian Murphy, who plays the role, shares, “Matthew tries to be a mediator within the tense relationship between Chase and Pollard. What I liked was the sense of history you get about him. He’s obviously close with Chase; they’ve been sailing together since they were about 13. You also see that he’s a reformed alcoholic who has turned over a new leaf. He was quite an interesting character to play.”

Murphy adds that he was equally drawn to the script and the director. “I read the script and it felt like the kind of great, muscular adventure that we don’t see too many of these days. It was one of those scripts you can’t put down, and you’re still thinking about it when you go to bed and when you wake up the next day.

Then there was the idea of working with Ron, whose films I’ve loved over the years,” Murphy continues. “I’ve always said the director sets the tone for the set and it percolates down to the cast and crew. On a Ron Howard set, there is such positive energy and he’s so involved in every detail of the production and each character. And that enthusiasm and joy of filmmaking is infectious. That’s what you get from him.”

Ben Whishaw plays a young author by the name of Herman Melville. In creating the framework for the screenplay, screenwriter Charles Leavitt says, “I wanted to meld the true story of the Essex with the fictional account of Melville going through the writer’s process of giving birth to his great American novel, Moby-Dick. The narration of the film is from Thomas Nickerson, a surviving character's point of view, but we can begin to imagine where Melville’s imagination will take off.”

Cast as the now-legendary author, Whishaw notes, “The film begins with Herman Melville’s hunger for the truth. He has heard whisperings and believes there’s been a cover-up about what really transpired on the Essex. In a way, my character is the catalyst of the film in that he is ultimately able to get Nickerson to tell his story. What transpires between them is a kind of dark night of the soul—they talk all through the night—and by the end they have to look at themselves in a new light.”

Opening across the Philippines on December 3, 2015 in theaters and IMAX®, “In the Heart of the Sea” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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