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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 watched this on Region B DVD.
This has a great cast with a great Director and has a great plot but it's just not executed very well at all.
I'm not really sure what it is but with most Submarine films theirs a great deal of dramatic tension and here I felt none, absolute zilch. It should be making me have sweaty palms watching the film unfold but nothing, it's such a shame and a massive misfire.
The performances are great In particularly Liam Neeson who is stellar, Harrison Ford is great but both leads accents are so bicurious it's actually a struggle to remember which side of the pond these both are on.
How do you get pumped up about rooting for the Russians?
Umm... you don't.
It's the Russians vs. Radiation.
Not so exciting, really.
Bigelow does her best to infuse some energy into the film, but it really drags during the final act. Just too long. This movie should have come in at an hour forty, but instead drags on for two hours and 15 minutes. Ugh.
About 30 minutes of edits needed on aisle 19, please!
Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson do their best to chew their way through their Russian accents, but ultimately it's just a run-of-the-mill submarine movie.
Released July 19, 2002
As a lot- A LOT- of this movie details the horrors of radiation sickness in excruciating detail, I have no trouble understanding why audiences didn't flock to it in the waning days of July 2002. A summer movie this grim was a bold, probably misguided move. How was this ever going to succeed against its competitors, like "Stuart Little 2," "The Country Bears," or "Austin Powers in Goldmember"?
I guess it was supposed to be counter-programming; adult fare in the mindless summer season. The few people who did go see this must have been shocked that this was not "Hunt for Red October" or "Crimson Tide," both fairly crowd-pleasing. Nope- this is a terrifying exploration of the horrors of a nuclear meltdown on a Soviet submarine, and the effects it would have on the crew members. And it is gnarly.
That said, it works. If you're in that kind of mood.
It's perfectly fine.
Every time I watch one of these movies based on actual events in a foreign country but with English speaking actors, I find myself shaking my head and wondering how it took so long for someone to do what Valkerie did. Personally I would rather it be in the setting countries' language with subtitles, but I get trying to share a historical event with a broader audience. What I don't get is why you would cast Harrison Ford in the lead role when any kind of accent is required, much less Russian. Although he does improve as the film goes on, he constantly flip flops between Russian and just good ole Harrison Ford. On top of that, Fords second in…
Accents are cringeworthy, but Bigelow's direction is taunt, cramped, sweaty, and stressful. She's so great, wish everything else was.
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‘K-19’ Widowmaker’ is perfectly competently made. It’s pretty fast paced, builds well and has a certain level of style and personality to it. For an American film it’s also refreshingly sympathetic towards its Soviet heroes, even if it does ultimately criticise the regime for not adequately rewarding their efforts. This is, however, a criticism that is deserved if the film is to be believed as accurately representative of the events portrayed. It does, however, suffer from the fact that submarines aren’t actually that exciting. Yes, it’s a claustrophobic, inescapable, enclosed space but you don’t really get that feeling here and there are deliberate efforts to open it up and let…
What happens when the soviet state rushes a nuclear sub into service and cuts corners? K19 happens. What can be said about this movie that hasn't already been said. A great cast in Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson and many other notables. An amazing true story that makes you shake your head at every turn. Shades of Crimson Tide and The Hunt for Red October mixed into this story make it a great watch. If you haven't seen it yet, do so.
Even if you can get passed the bad acting and the atrocious Russian accents, all you're left with is a really boring and monotonous movie.
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