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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 Soviet sailors who survived the events depicted in this movie heartily approved of the director's take on it, but were amused by the "Hollywoodized" elements. See more »
At the beginning where Capt Vostrikov is buttoning his dress jacket, he is wearing full medals indicating a full dress uniform; his rank is that of a Capt 2nd Rank. When he arrives at headquarters in the briefing, his rank has changed to that of Capt 1st Rank but his uniform is now the standard dress using ribbons vs. medals. Full dress would not be used for travel at any rate. See more »
This was a pretty solid supposed true story of a Russian submarine and its captains during the early 1960s. It's memorable, story-wise, for the radiation victims among the crew members. There are some really dramatic scenes involving that horrific event. Otherwise, it's a story of the sub's problems and the conflict between two captains.
The story starts slowly so you have to stick with it as it gets better and better as it goes on and rewarding enough to make you glad you hung in there for the whole 137 minutes.
Profanity is minor and the Russian accents are handled well by the lead actors, led by Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson and Peter Sarsgaard.
It's not a great film, but it's good and interesting enough to recommend a rental, but not something I'd watch numerous times. Those radiation scenes would be a little too grim to watch numerous times.
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