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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.


Kevin Macdonald


Dennis Kelly (screenplay by)





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


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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Brave the deep. Find the gold. Trust no one. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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UK | USA | Russia


English | Russian

Release Date:

23 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mar Negro See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,675, 25 January 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,171,559, 19 March 2015
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The engine mechanic's name is Zaitsev. Jude Law's character in "Enemy at the Gates", where he plays a Soviet sniper, was also named Zaitsev. See more »


When members of the crew enter the U-boat, they see the remains of a Nazi sailor chained to a pipe. Peters (David Threlfall) suggests that the U-boat crew must have been driven to cannibalism. However, the submerged U-boat could not have sustained life for a prolonged period of time; having a limited oxygen capacity (approx. 24 hours). The crew would have all died long before having to resort to cannibalism. See more »


[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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Some holes, but still a good sub story

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)

Violence: Yes. Sex: No. Nudity: No. Language: Yes.

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