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 white building occupied by the Soviet Navy high command, whose members discuss Captain Vostrikov's intentions, has a sign on the left side of the entrance that says (in Russian) "Cultural Center of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in the name of M. V. Frunze". The Russian Federation was created in the aftermath of the dissolution of the USSR and the designation would definitely not appear on any official Soviet building (or anywhere else) prior to the last days of 1991. Michael V. Frunze was a highly respected officer during the Russian Revolution who is still honored in post Soviet Russia... See more »
In an attempt to break from his usual sympathetic every man bit, Ford plays a blunt, powerful, hard working Russian Naval officer who is given command of a nuclear powered sub from its well liked, almost fatherly captain played by Liam Neeson. Harrison and Liam clash as only two strong willed alpha males can when they take the sub out for a spin and fight to keep it from blowing up and causing a world wide tragedy.
Based on a true story.
Ford and Neeson give solid performances to this long, murky, cold, and ultimately detached action drama that proved to be one of 2002's lesser box office endeavors. As stated before, the film suffers from a feeling of disconnection, even as numbers of brave men are sent into the nuclear reactor with improper protection ("They might as well be wearing rain coats!")
Could have been better, and it could have been a lot worse. Rent and judge for yourself. Probably mostly for fans of Ford and Neeson.
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