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28 Apr 2015

Blu-Ray Review: 'Black Sea' Is a Decent, Authentic-Feeling Submarine Flick

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While Black Sea is a submarine movie that’s not quite on par with Crimson Tide, Yellow Submarine and Das Boot, it is a decent thriller—and it’s a helluva lot better than Operation Petticoat and Down Periscope.

Jude Law, using a distracting Scottish accent, plays Robinson, a disgraced submarine captain who has just lost his job. A chain of events leads him into commanding a band of men in a broken-down submarine heading for a downed sub that contains millions in gold meant for Hitler during World War II.

The men, of course, deal with a lot of trouble along the way, especially when the gold winds up on their boat. Lucky for us, the cast includes Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn, two great character actors. They are each given roles that play to their best acting attributes (McNairy plays a paranoiac; Mendelsohn is a psycho), and they are always fun to watch.

The movie is a little overcooked in the end, but director Kevin Macdonald delivers a serviceable underwater thriller. Much of the movie was actually filmed aboard a decaying Russian sub, so it has an authentic feel.

Special Features: There’s a very short behind-the-scenes doc, and a director’s commentary. 

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