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Kursk (2018)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama | 7 November 2018 (Belgium)
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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

Writer:

Robert Rodat
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Cast

Credited cast:
Léa Seydoux ... Tanya Averina
Colin Firth ... Commodore David Russell
Matthias Schoenaerts ... Mikhail Averin
Max von Sydow ... Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin
Michael Nyqvist
August Diehl
Matthias Schweighöfer
Steven Waddington ... Graham Mann
Joel Basman ... Leo
Bjarne Henriksen
Zlatko Buric ... Kulkin
Lars Brygmann
Gustaf Hammarsten ... Mikhail Denisov
Pit Bukowski ... Maxim
Peter Simonischek ... Amiral Viacheslav Gruzinsky
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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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Action | Drama

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

Belgium | Luxembourg

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 2018 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Kursk: prekletstvo globine See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgium See more »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)
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Belga Productions,VIA EST See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Trying to save the Kursk crew
7 September 2018 | by chong_anSee all my reviews

This is a fictionalization of the Russian submarine disaster that made world-wide news. Adapted from a book, the story runs in multiple alternating stories. Matthias Schoenaerts stars as the submarine officer who has to keep the survivors alive. Léa Seydoux co-stars as his wife, battling for information from the naval authorities who are stonewalling. Colin Firth has a bit part as a British officer, representing the international offers for help. Meanwhile, the severely underfunded Russian navy has only one ill-maintained rescue vessel, and, for political or other reasons, is resisting offers to help from various NATO countries.

The underwater scenes were suitably claustrophobic. While different (sometimes under-trained) crew members exhibited different reactions, there was general camaraderie, as also shown in an early sequence where various underpaid crew members sell their watches to help finance a colleague's wedding.

A significant bit part is the young son of Matthias Schoenaerts' character, who opens the movie practicing holding his breath underwater - a skill needed for future naval / submarine work. The kid represents the children of the whole crew.

I saw this at the Toronto International Film Festival, and was surprised to see that Kursk was in English. The director reasoned that he didn't speak Russian, and the film was about various communities coming together, something that was more universal than it being just a Russian story.

Note that I am reviewing this as a movie, not as to whether this is a complete historical document.


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