The Command (Kursk) (2019) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Command (Kursk) (2019)



Critic Consensus: The Command plumbs the depths of real-life disaster to tell an uneven yet reasonably diverting story of lives caught between bureaucracy and certain doom.

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Based on the story of the 2000 Kursk submarine disaster, Kursk follows the final hours of an "unsinkable" Russian nuclear submarine as it sinks to the bottom of the Barents Sea. Some of the crew survives the initial explosion, including officer Mikhail Kalekov (Matthias Schoenaerts), whose pregnant wife (Lea Seydoux) and child are waiting back home. Unfortunately, their rescue is complicated by bureaucracy between Russia, France, Norway and Britain, with British navy chief David Russell (Colin Firth) attempting to convince Russian officials to accept foreign aid.

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Léa Seydoux
as Tanya Kalekov
Colin Firth
as David Russell
Matthias Schoenaerts
as Mikhail Kalekov
Steven Waddington
as Graham Mann
Max von Sydow
as Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin
Peter Simonischek
as Admiral Vyacheslav Grudzinsky
August Diehl
as Anton Markov
Bjarne Henriksen
as Russian Rescue Ship Captain
Magnus Millang
as Oleg Lebedev
Helene Reingaard Neumann
as Wife of Anton Markov
Martin Brambach
as Captain Gennady Shirokov
Peter Plaugborg
as Alexander Grekov
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Critic Reviews for The Command (Kursk)

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (13)

I was much less compelled by this film. I really was.

October 1, 2019 | Full Review…

[T]his is a punchy and poignant piece of film-making from Vinterberg.

July 13, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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As a film, Kursk could have wound up much worse, though it has uneven visual effects and goes in for some frankly puzzling decisions, such as a bizarre switch-up in aspect ratios when the sub gets underway.

July 12, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Thomas Vinterberg reconstructs the K-141 Kursk submarine disaster but throws in a few too many gimmicks.

July 10, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Thomas Vinterberg, usually so good at stripping his characters down to their barest states, doesn't feel like a good fit for the material.

July 5, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Even when it occasionally falters, it is polished, heartbreaking, and worthy of attention.

June 21, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for The Command (Kursk)


The film does a fine job in developing its characters (and the relationship between them) and creating a strong feel of claustrophobia (especially with a tense long take that makes us hold our breath), but it also loses focus in its second half with unnecessary melodrama and not a real payoff.

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