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 »
While the divers are suiting up, Tobin wears the helmet collar upside-down. See more »
And we want you to know that this has nothing - nothing at all - to do with your performance, which is exemplary by the way.
[sighs looking out the window]
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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Robinson (Jude Law) is laid off from his salvage company, but learns about a German sub deep in the Black Sea that is loaded with gold from WWII. Robinson gets the funding, an old Russian sub and a crew of 12 consisting of Russians and English to go after the gold.
All of the above sounds really good, but here's the thing: the crew members don't like or trust each other and tensions rise. Here is what I didn't understand: most were out of work and readily available to search for the gold. Yet, they acted like this was business as usual and would have liked it if some members were killed off and that would mean more money for them. Did someone say "greed." Robinson did say that all members would receive an equal share and this message was good and understood, by all, for about 20-seconds.
The Russians spoke Russian and Robinson needed translations. Why not let the Russians speak English as we sometimes hear in movies? I mean if the translations were deceptive, then I could understand their speaking Russian, but there were no deceptions. See?
One more thing: they hit something that breaks their drive shaft and they see the German sub and need to get that drive shaft to be able to move. Three go out with limited air supply in their tanks to retrieve the drive shaft and once inside the German sub, they discover the gold. Now here's the thing: a winch materializes out of nowhere to move the gold and the drive shaft. There is no talk of limited air supply and all work together to get the winch to move the gold and the drive shaft in the sea bed mud. Limited air supply indeed !
Then comes the big twist. I truly forgot there would be a twist. Hey, it happens. And it happened because I was so engaged in this tension-filled story, but there it was. Bummer.
The acting and tension all around were so good I felt as though I was on that sub, too, and yes, I was looking over my shoulder every 10-seconds like everyone else in these cramped quarters.
There are some holes in here, but this is still a good sub story. (7/10)