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Black Sea (2014)

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In order to make good with his former employers, a submarine captain takes a job with a shadowy backer to search the depths of the Black Sea for a submarine rumored to be loaded with gold.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Robinson
... Liam
Llewella Gideon ... Job Centre Worker
... Chrissy
Gus Barry ... Martin (aged 12)
... Blackie
... Kurston
... Daniels
... Lewis
... Reynolds
... Peters
... Levchenko
... Zaytsev
Sergey Veksler ... Baba
... Morozov
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In order to make good with his former employers, a submarine captain takes a job with a shadowy backer to search the depths of the Black Sea for a submarine rumored to be loaded with gold.

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The only thing more dangerous than the mission is the crew. See more »


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Rated R for language throughout, some graphic images and violence | See all certifications »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$37,675, 25 January 2015, Limited Release

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$1,171,559, 19 March 2015
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The small Canon EOS C500 made the shots in the Ukraine possible according to director 'Kevin MacDonald')qv): "We could use the C500 handheld. A lot of the film is handheld. But we also used it on a dolly and on the crane, in one or two instances. So it was perfectly easy and flexible to use in that regard. There are a few shots in this film that Christopher Ross and I took on a 'recce'. We went to Ukraine; to Sebastopol, which is the Russian naval base that's in the Black Sea. We just really went to have a look, because we were hoping to go back and shoot there for real. But we ran out of money and weren't able to go back. Luckily Chris and I had taken the Canon C500... really just because we wanted to have a play around with it, as an opportunity to test it together. We took some shots out of the window of a bus and some landscape shots, which actually we've used in the final film. Chris was operating it on his own - he found that relatively straightforward, even with the Codex 4K recorder. It does eat up memory like you wouldn't believe but we shot some really beautiful images on the Canon. So that's one of the great advantages. It's a camera that you can take along on a 'recce' with you; a camera which can just sit in a backpack and, if you suddenly see something and think 'ah that's fantastic; I'd like that in the film. I'm never going to see that again' - a sunset, an animal or whatever it is - you can whip it out and there you go; you've got it." See more »

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Twice the command: "Amidships Rudder" was given. It should have been: "Rudder Amidships". See more »

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[first lines]
Liam: And we want you to know that this has nothing - nothing at all - to do with your performance, which is exemplary by the way.
Captain Robinson: [sighs looking out the window]
Liam: Look, the business has changed. Marine salvage has changed. We don't need a submarine pilot anymore. We don't even need a sub. Now, you've never been on contract, so redundancy, well, it's out of the question. But I spoke to Bob Toris personally and he has insisted that Agora make sure that there's something for you. And I'm ...
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Written by Vano Muradeli and Pyotr Gradov
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makes you think of lost loves....
2 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

And by "lost loves" I am talking about other submarine movies.

This film is so bad in so many different ways that for a brief moment I was desperate to remember just a single submarine movie that I actually enjoyed.

Then I remembered RED October and scooted over there (on the IMDb) to post a short review of one of the most perfect movies of all time.

So, you see, it IS POSSIBLE to make an entertaining sub movie. This just isn't it.

It is OK for about 20 minutes. Just you think it might actually get interesting, it turns into the one single thing a submarine movie must never ever do -- it turns into a claustrophobic story about a bunch of men who don't like each other but can't leave anyway.

In my review of RED October, I commented that there were effectively no women in the film to counter-balance all that testosterone, and the viewer was too busy being entertained to care.

In this movie, I would have liked to see the Avon Lady knocking on the hatch with her box of samples. At least THAT would have been interesting.


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