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.
I haven't seen a submarine film between this and Hunt for Red October (not even sure if many of them exist in that time period); for what this was I enjoyed it. Jude Law gives a great performance with the exception of his character motivation kinda slipping for me toward the end. There are a lot of different wide-scope conflicts going on at once that work together to make an entertaining thriller.
Film senza infamia e senza lode,realizzato bene ma molto stereotipato e forzato in molti passaggi.Law è spesso sopra le righe e la lotta di classe è troppo tirata per i capelli,tenendo presente anche il fatto che l'equipaggio è un ammasso di cerebrolesi che quasi meritano la fine che fanno(e che ti aspetti fin da subito). Ha in bagaglio la giusta dose di tensione e claustrofobia, ma non colpisce mai nel segno.
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.
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.