One of the most nuanced contemporary war movies (doing what Danny Boyle was prevented from doing in Bond 25) of this decade. Nykvist is almost a silent actor in his gaze's ping pongs with Butler (outshining Oldman) giving a farewell performance for the books. His acting is all interior. All eyes and silences. Butler proves a valiant partenaire. And that claustrophobia of ice and despair of fear and bottled up dreams.
I've never been much for submarine flicks, but if Millennium Films (producers of "The Expendables" series) wants to take a 2012 airport novel and turn it into a basic-cable-ready action movie featuring Gerard Butler as "Commander Joe Glass" and Gary Oldman in a glorified cameo shouting more dialogue than he speaks, well, I'm all for it. Ironically, the film also calls for a measured response to foreign conflicts.