It may run a little predictably, but this was highly entertaining and a much needed entry to the expensive near-extinct genre of submarine thrillers. Jude Law commands the screen - as an actor he's much more enjoyable in his middle age, as a tough-as-nails brute. Good supporting cast. Quite stylish, too, with gritty red and blue cinematography that saturates each shot of the wonderfully rusted out, leaky sets.
Had director Kevin Macdonald been truly fearless, could this have been a worthy successor to Clouzot's WAGES OF FEAR? What we can settle for is a beautifully shot white-knuckle thriller based on themes of greed, class warfare and survival. Though plot defies logic, playwright Dennis Kelly milks the political irony of the Americans, Brits and Russians as partners on a mission that produces only toxic results.
Underwater "Treasure of the sierra Madre" is made truly memorable by Jude Law's nuanced performance that positions the character less as a clever Red Oktober James Bond type than a working class coal miners who could REALLY use a union!
Pretty good thriller as submarine movies go. Production values are very good and the cast is quite accomplished, although I feel that the typecasting of Mendelson is a bit boring. Law does a fine job as the central character but lacks that special something to bring everything together. The direction is good and the script while somewhat stale has enough twists to keep me interested. Worth a look for sure!
Kevin Macdonald continues to creates tension for the everyman is this incredibly taut thriller. Keeping things British is what he does & that he does extremely well here. Jude Law is surprisingly exceptional as a skipper with the world on his back. Akin to Where Eagles Dare meets The Abyss, Black Sea feels very real, very claustrophobic & so close. Great support as always from Michael Smiley & Ben Mendelsohn.
Allegory of a male midlife crisis as a claustrophobic environment echoing life failures, imprisoned with unresolved and irrational political conflicts, and haunted by an ever present but never really seen (institutional) enemies standing in the way of one's rightfully earned (financial) way out. The whole thing is missing a bit more courage to step away from mainstream into a more provocative analysis.