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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.

Director:

Kevin Macdonald

Writer:

Dennis Kelly (screenplay by)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jude Law ... Robinson
Karl Davies ... Liam
Llewella Gideon Llewella Gideon ... Job Centre Worker
Jodie Whittaker ... Chrissy
Gus Barry Gus Barry ... Martin (aged 12)
Konstantin Khabenskiy ... Blackie
Daniel Ryan ... Kurston
Scoot McNairy ... Daniels
Tobias Menzies ... Lewis
Michael Smiley ... Reynolds
David Threlfall ... Peters
Sergey Kolesnikov ... Levchenko
Sergey Puskepalis ... Zaytsev
Sergey Veksler ... Baba
Grigoriy Dobrygin ... Morozov
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Storyline

After a decade of hard work at a marine salvage company, the recently redundant submarine captain, Robinson, decides to risk everything in search of a fabled underwater treasure: a sunken Nazi U-boat laden with gold ingots of inestimable value. Bent on unearthing the unclaimed prize under the nose of the Russians and their hostile naval fleet, Robinson assembles a hand-picked mixed crew of antagonistic experts to comb the vast seabed of the cold Black Sea in a rusty Soviet submarine. However, as greed gets the best of the already divided team, the promise of an equal share rapidly starts to fade away. Can Robinson's men resurface in one piece, and, above all, rich? Written by Nick Riganas

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn previously starred together in Killing Them Softly (2012). See more »

Goofs

A mechanical failure forces them to go diving to the wrecked German sub for a replacement part. Subs like this have two complete diesel-motor-generator sets, and two complete electric-motor-propeller sets. No single component failure would immobilize both. Separately, the failed/replacement part is described as the "crankshaft" and indeed the film shows them bringing one underwater, fitting it, and then a crankshaft spinning away. But a crankshaft is an internal part of an engine, connected to pistons via con-rods, and that's exactly what they show. But it's not connected to anything of the sort. This makes no sense, but is I guess a cheap technical effect. Perhaps they wanted to represent a thrust bearing; those rub and wear and spark if they get dry. Even so, there's one each side, for each propeller and its shaft; no single point of failure. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Referenced in Film 2017: Episode dated 26 November 2014 (2014) See more »

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Legendary Sevastopol Hymn
Written by Vano Muradeli and Pyotr Gradov
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Much Better Than I Expected
21 December 2014 | by Sahl_95See all my reviews

Black Sea is about a group of men who have given everything to their jobs, only to be discarded away. These men then get a submarine to find a U-Boat containing Nazi gold.

Going in to the movie with that description and only having seen one trailer, I had low expectations for this. However, this movie was a lot better that I thought it would be despite the events of the movie being predictable to a certain extent.

The story goes as expected apart from I couple of things which I didn't see coming (which is always nice). The characters were a bit lacking. Apart from a couple, most were under-developed. And my main issue with the most of the characters is that I didn't really care most of them. As for the Scottish accents, it was easy enough to understand, but then again, I live in Scotland. The movie does have a good share of awesome and very entertaining scenes though.

In saying that, I still enjoyed the movie as it has a decent story and conclusion, despite lacking a bit in the character department.


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UK | Russia | USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

23 January 2015 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,675, 25 January 2015

Gross USA:

$1,171,559

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,070,789
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2.35 : 1
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