Oscar winner Ron Howard (\u201cA Beautiful Mind\u201d) directs the action adventure \u201cIn the Heart of the Sea,\u201d based on Nathaniel Philbrick\u2019s 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\u2019s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. \u201cIn the Heart of the Sea\u201d reveals the encounter\u2019s harrowing aftermath, as the ship\u2019s 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, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.