Black Sea (2015)
Critic Consensus: Black Sea may not be particularly deep, but thanks to Kevin Macdonald's judicious direction and a magnetic performance from Jude Law, it remains an efficiently well-crafted thriller.
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Critic Reviews for Black Sea
Not much of it is credible, starting with the hiring of a rusty submarine out of Sevastopol, but it has action and adventure to burn, leavened with bits of humour.
Too often, moviegoers must choose between character-driven drama and edge-of-your-seat action. "Black Sea" has both, with a gripping performance by Jude Law as their nexus.
Black Sea is a submarine thriller set in the murky depths of exactly where the title says.
By no means a masterpiece, but a solid genre offering, a portrait of desperate men crammed together and surrounded on all sides by what one describes as "dark, cold death." What better way to escape the midwinter doldrums?
I'm something of a sucker for submarine-movie clichés; watching this movie, I was happy the very first time I heard a disconcerting ping.
Audience Reviews for Black Sea
The caper? Nazi gold on the bottom of the ocean. Nothing new there, but everything is done competently in this submarine treasure hunt, except for a couple of plot curiosities. Definitely fun, with a premium performance from Jude Law.
When it comes to submarine films, nothing will ever top Das Boot, of course. But this is a fresh, very worthy attempt to mix the intense underwater situation with a Dirty Dozen-like treasure hunt. To add human interactions to the list of technical difficulties to deal with is making the film almost unbearably exciting at times. Good acting, interesting characters, very grounded and pessimistic story and great direction: overall a very entertaining and engaging thriller.
It's "Das Boot" -- but less hopeful.
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