Based in part on a true story, K-19: The Widowmaker is the tale of Russia’s first nuclear submarine which was also their first submarine to carry nuclear missiles. On its maiden voyage the boat experiences numerous difficulties with the loss of reactor coolant being the most urgent.
Liam Neeson (Capt. Polenin), Harrison Ford (Capt. Vostrikov), Sam Spruell (Dmitri), Peter Stebbings (Kuryshev), Christian Camargo (Pavel), Roman Podhora (Lapinsh), Sam Redford (Vasily), Ravil Isyanov (Suslov), Peter Sarsgaard (Radtchinko).
K-19: The Widowmaker launches with some mild background before character introduction begins alongside plot setup and setting. As things float along the film takes a calm approach at first, giving us a better idea of life aboard a Russian submarine. Once the suspense begins to build, pace picks up as one problem after another bubble up. The film finally completes with a well done yet surprising ending that is somewhat consistent with history.
Acting was interesting with Neeson and Ford interacting well while each presenting nicely independent of the other. Surprisingly, with their different methods and skills they fit complimentary roles nicely. Sarsgaard did well bringing good emotion to his role. The remainder of the cast did well, or better considering the possible lack of experience.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all very well done with a solid, authentic feel throughout. Interior submarine scenes, and those in the shipyard, exhibited good attention to detail. Action scenes were mild but good and fit the film well. Dialogue was good but a bit confusing with intermittent and questionable accents and a Russian crew that spoke English. Some without accents at all. Sound and soundtrack were good.
K-19: The Widowmaker is an enjoyable military action adventure that will likely be enjoyed by those who like drama. Military action, adventure, or drama fans however should enjoy this one quite a bit, as may those who enjoy military history.
With violence, dangerous situations, and potential disturbing images, save this for older teens and above.
Star rating: 5 out of 5
Genre: Action & Adventure, Dramas, Action Thrillers, Military Action & Adventure, Military Dramas
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