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The Command (2018)

Kursk (original title)
PG-13 | | Action, Drama, History | 21 June 2019 (USA)
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The film follows the 2000 K-141 Kursk submarine disaster and the governmental negligence that followed. As the sailors fight for survival, their families desperately battle political obstacles and impossible odds to save them.

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Thomas Vinterberg

Writers:

Robert Rodat, Robert Moore (based on Robert Moore's book "A Time to Die")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthias Schoenaerts ... Mikhail Averin
Léa Seydoux ... Tanya Averina
Peter Simonischek ... Admiral Vyacheslav Grudzinsky
August Diehl ... Anton Markov
Max von Sydow ... Vladimir Petrenko
Colin Firth ... Commodore David Russell
Bjarne Henriksen ... Russian Rescue Ship Captain
Magnus Millang ... Oleg Lebedev
Artemiy Spiridonov ... Misha Averin
Joel Basman ... Leo
Pit Bukowski ... Maxim
Matthias Schweighöfer ... Pavel Sonin
Tom Hudson ... Roman
Chris Pascal ... Niko
Kristof Coenen ... Sasha
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The film follows the 2000 K-141 Kursk submarine disaster and the governmental negligence that followed. As the sailors fight for survival, their families desperately battle political obstacles and impossible odds to save them.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense disaster-related peril and disturbing images, and for brief strong language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

Belgium | Luxembourg

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Belgium See more »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Vladimir Putin's character was cut from the film before an actor was cast for the role. Putin, who was just three months into the job as Russian president when the tragedy occurred in 2000, was slated to appear as a supporting character in at least five scenes in the film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, EuropaCorp's president, Luc Besson, wanted to shift the story's focus to the rescue mission rather than the politics behind the disaster. One theory is that nobody at EuropaCorp wanted to be hacked. "Remember The Interview (2014)?", a source said, referring to the Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen-directed comedy that angered Kim Jong-un and is believed to have sparked the infamous Sony hack in 2014. Ironically, the Russian leader is sympathetically portrayed in the original Kursk script, which highlighted why he took the tragedy personally (Putin's father was a submariner). See more »

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27 minutes into the film (the explosions already have happened), while the survivors scramble for solutions, Mikhail (the main character) shouts orders to another compartment, using what is supposed to be an intercom, a red box mounted to the sub's bulkhead. The box is in fact an American World-War 2 military VHF receiver, model BC-603. It was used by the American Signal Corps. The original color is army-green, but the props department painted it red. See more »


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A really good film with strong emotional engagement.
13 October 2018 | by timvandenbranden96See all my reviews

Since it is based on the true story of the K-141 Kursk submarine disaster, we already know the end of the story. So it was a true challenge for director Thomas Vinterberg (known for Jagten, Festen,...) to take a special approach for his movie. He made the clear choice to focus on the emotion and the human side of this tragedy, rather than on the political side. The result is a strong movie which succeeds in dragging you into the submarine itself and it's victims (and wifes). It's no coincidence that the aspect ratio shifts to wide during the whole submarine sequence and back to narrow (16:9) at the beginning and conclusion of the story. Or like the director himself said at the moviepremière in Ghent, Belgium: "Well ... you should see it"


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