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When Russia's first nuclear submarine malfunctions on its maiden voyage, the crew must race to save the ship and prevent a nuclear disaster.
"I hope I'm on another boat when your luck runs out." ~ Captain Mikhail Polenin
Put action stars Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson together as the executive officers of the first Russian atomic submarine and you can expect to see some fireworks. That must be exactly what director Kathryn Bigelow had in mind when she undertook this depiction of the K-19's nearly disastrous nuclear accident in 1961.
The sub's maiden mission assigned to Captain Alexei Vostrikov (Ford) is a shake-down cruise to the icy waters of the North Atlantic, where a test missile is to be launched. With Capt. Mikhail Polenin (Neeson) as #2 in command, the vessel completes its assignment and is ordered to take a position off the…
When I think of great submariner movies I think of the likes of The Boat or Crimson Tide, or even The Hunt For Red October. K-19: The Widowmaker would be pretty far down the pecking order despite the star pulling power of both Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson.
Kathryn Bigelow won an Oscar for a reason, she's a great director, but even she can't stop this film from floating to the surface like a turd. I'd seen this before and not noticed how bad the accents were, how bad the script was, or simply how dull the actual story was, but today when I watched it they all seemed to stick out like a sore thumb. Ford especially is dreadful…
Kathryn Bigelow's films have never really made the box office tills ring loudly. From the excellent Strange Days to her Oscar winner The Hurt Locker,she's never hit that commercial peak. What she does do however is make interesting,intelligent films that rightly show just how good a director she really is.
K-19 The Widowmaker is a fictionalised account of a Soviet nuclear submarine that suffered major incidents on it's maiden voyage. Historically iffy,this copped flack from almost all corners especially veteran crew members that served on the boat. Starring Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson this is a tense and gripping thriller that does engage and has some fine, edgy performances by it's main protagonists. Submariner movies have a chequered history. German…
If you see a guy wandering the streets of Brooklyn randomly shouting things like "SURFACE THE BOAT!" in a terrible Russian accent, it's not Harrison Ford, it's me -- I just watched K-19: THE WIDOWMAKER.
I guess it might *also* be Harrison Ford; not sure if he's in Brooklyn this weekend. But I'm out here too.
What a surprise. Maybe it's the good old low expectations but this was just damn solid. Maybe I shouldn't be surprised. Bigelow is after all a great director.
My biggest complaint is easily that they insist on speaking english with sometimes present unconvincing accents, and the last ten minutes could have easily been cut. Other than that, this was great.
The main repairing scene fucked me over. I was not prepared to get hit by a hammer in the stomach. Heavy stuff. Fantastic scene.
I thought this film was about people making windows!!!!!!! not indiana jones pretending to be irish!!!!!!!
I love Ford. Solid movie.
Often tense and suspenseful, was glad I finally saw this one.
One of the perfect ways to spend 2 hours and 18 minutes by watching a movie like this one... The storyline was loyal to its genre... consisting of all the elements and emotions depicted in a war or a military based movie... with lot of unique elements of its own.
Even the champagne bottle won't break. A cursed vessel, a crew that screws up every drill and two rigid captains who don't see eye to eye on how to run the sub. It takes about five minutes to figure out what their stand will be and from that point on it means bickering. Lots of bickering. With an accent and a stiff posture. I just can't take Neeson and Ford seriously playing these stereotype Russians. It actually becomes laughable when they exchange angry looks.
Any form of tension and claustrophobia goes right out the window when the orchestra starts playing their loud, bombastic tunes. If things weren't schmaltzy enough, Bigelow decides to add an epilogue that makes it even more…
Very tense Sub Thriller. Acting was done well. Although with a mainly English speaking cast, the Russian accent was heard throughout, which is good. Not as well directed as most of Bigelow's work but still well done. Underwater scenes looked very good and other effects were done well.
Harrison Ford indifferently slogs through a film far more boring than it has any right to be.
Bad. Everyone involved was phoning it in, even the otherwise reliable Bigelow and Neeson. It's competent frequently but great never. It deserves no more thought.
First in my "52 Films by Women" pledge. K-19: THE WIDOWMAKER currently stands as the last big budget spectacle directed by Kathryn Bigelow, and I can only imagine those coming to the film only aware of Bigelow from ZERO DARK THIRTY and THE HURT LOCKER will be surprised at just how Hollywood K-19 is. A submarine drama loosely based on the true story of the troubled launch of The titular Soviet sub in 1961, the film is a solid enough drama, with Bigelow making the most out of the compact setting of the story. Unfortunately, despite the ripe political context in which the drama is set, script is little more than bog standard Hollywood fare. Worse, the film drags on too long with a pointless courtroom sequence and epilogue which could have easily been cut from the film.
Harrison Ford's shitty Russian accent aside, this is a gripping movie. It's not the greatest submarine movie ever made, but this deserved more love than it got when it was originally released.
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