DVD Review “Moby Dick (2011)”

Directed by: Mike Barker
Starring: William Hurt, Ethan Hawke, Donald Sutherland, Gillian Anderson
Charlie Cox, Raoul Trujillo, Billy Boyd, Eddie Marsan
Production company: RHI Entertainment
Original channel: Encore
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running time: 180 minutes

Our Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick has been adapted for film many many times over the years. This adaption is not just a movie though, it is a 3 hour mini-series event. The story itself is a re-imagination and backed up by a huge budget of $25 million dollars. The mini-series also boasts a great cast which only continued to help out the film. I wasn’t sure how this was going to translate into a mini-series but it kept my attention the whole time through good special effects and character development.

We all know the general idea of “Moby Dick”, in this adaptation we are led by Captain Ahab, who is obsessed with revenge against the white whale, Moby Dick. He takes him crew mates on an epic journey of adventure, vengeance and obsession. The special effects for the whale are good enough for me, they are a little bit better than Syfy quality. I was impressed with the it overall and production wise overall, I thought it was very entertaining. No extras on the DVD though which is a little bit disappointing.

My only probably with this high profile cast is that Donald Sutherland and Gillian Anderson are only in the opening of the film and then never seen again once our crew hits the waters. Ethan Hawke is great in the role of Starbuck. Charlie Cox was believable in the role of Ishmael but gotta give some props to Raoul Trujillo in the role of Queequeg. He was funny and really likeable as a character. The best of them all and most intense performance has to, of course, go to William Hurt who nails his role of Captain Ahab. He very dark and deep and really commits to the role.

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