The story of USSR’s first nuclear ballistic submarine, which suffered a malfunction in its nuclear reactor on its maiden voyage in the North Atlantic in 1961. The submarine’s crew, led by the unyielding Captain Alexi Vostrikov, races against time to prevent a Chernobyl-like nuclear disaster which threatens not only the lives of his crew, but has the potential to ignite a world war between the super powers. —IMDb
Kathryn Ann Bigelow (born November 27, 1951) is an American film director, working in the science fiction, action and horror genres.
Bigelow was born in San Carlos, California, United States, the only child of a paint factory manager and a librarian. She broke into cinema via the art world, starting her creative life as a painter as a fellow at the Whitney Museum in New York. Bigelow entered the graduate film program at Columbia University, where she studied theory and criticism. Her professors included Vito Acconci and Susan Sontag. Bigelow worked with noted conceptualist Lawrence Weiner and worked with the Art & Language collective.
Bigelow’s first short film, The Set-Up (1978), is a 20-minute deconstruction of violence in film. The film portrays “two men (Gary Busey included) fight[ing] each other as the semioticians Sylvère Lotringer and Marshall Blonsky deconstruct the images in voice-over.” Her first full-length feature was The Loveless (1982… read more
my favorite bigelow films concern the otherness of violence. in "near dark" and "the hurt locker," violence and death go into beyond-good-and-evil territory - there's a neutrality to them that i find hypnotic. bigelow is also big on hero-worship. here, it fits a classic hollywood-mould that's less annoying than the covert patriotism of "zero dark thirty," but the self-conscious bravery pulls me back to the familiar.
Really Underrated :(... The sequence of contamination in the nuclear reactor is really impressive, one of the most powerful and sensitive in her cinema. As a reccurence, the charachters are taken away by action in their flesh, even Ford. It's rue than it's less demonstrative than "Hurt Locker"... But questions about heroïsm ans nationalism are not so simple in K 19, i really think that it's not just a "banal" studio and submarine flick!
I am a big fan of submarine movies, so I was really looking forward to this one. There is something about the claustrophobic environment of a submarine diving ever so deep into its own peril that intrigues… read review