The story of USSR's first nuclear ballistic submarine, which suffered a malfunction in its nuclear reactor on its maiden voyage in the North Atlantic in 1961. The submarine's crew, led by the unyielding Captain Alexi Vostrikov, races against time to prevent a Chernobyl-like nuclear disaster which threatens not only the lives of his crew, but has the potential to ignite a world war between the super powers. Written by
The Juliette-class sub used for the filming had to be restored back to "sea-worthy" condition and then modified to make it resemble the original K-19, which was a Hotel-class sub. The modifications included a longer sail and lengthening of the sub by more than 100 feet. See more »
Reactor Officer Vadim Radtchenko says that the accident may trigger a "Thermonuclear" explosion. This is impossible because Thermonuclear explosion is a nuclear Fusion (fusing Hydrogen atoms into Helium and thus releasing energy) and obviously the nuclear reactor in the submarine is based on nuclear Fission (breaking Uranium atoms thus releasing energy). See more »
Forget about the accents that the actors use in this film. They don't convince anyone that they're Russian. But the story of a nuclear submarine that suffers a leak in the cooling system is fairly interesting. The sacrifices that these men had to do is pretty riveting and some of the decisions made here are ones that a normal person could not even consider! Harrison Ford seems to be having a good time playing a different type of character for a change. And Liam Neeson is actually not to bad as the captain that Ford replaces.Watching the men volunteer to try and fix the leak while exposing themselves to radiation is pretty horrific stuff and its these scenes that make the film worth while.
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