The New Bedford Whaling Museum is proud to locally premiere what promises to be a great motion picture, In The Heart Of The Sea. In 1820, crewmen (Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy) aboard the Nantucket Whaleship Essex face a harrowing battle for survival when a whale of mammoth size and strength attacks with force, crippling their ship and leaving them adrift in the ocean. Pushed to their limits and facing storms, starvation, panic and despair, the survivors must resort to the unthinkable to stay alive. Their incredible tale and real-life maritime disaster would ultimately inspire author Herman Melville to write his epic, "Moby-Dick."

An invitation only screening for In The Heart Of The Sea, story by Nathaniel Philbrick, directed by Ron Howard and distributed by Warners Brothers, Columbia pictures, takes place this weekend in New Bedford.

Chris Hemsworth is first mate Owen Chase, a working-class grafter who has the skills and experience to be captain, but the role is instead given to the less-experienced George Pollard Jr (Benjamin Walker), on account of his family connections.Stormy waters are ahead, with the men bickering through rough seas, but they have bigger fish (well, mammals) to fry when a leviathan, white whale decides to send their ship to Davy Jones' Locker. Plan on seeing In The Heart Of The Sea when it opens at the Flagship Cinemas on December 11.