K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
K-19: The Widowmaker (2002) Genre(s): Drama | Thriller

Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow

Starring: Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, and a submarine

Synopsis: A reactor malfunctions on a Russian nuclear submarine and hilarity ensues.

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A reactor malfunctions on a Russian nuclear submarine and the crew must do everything possible to save themselves and the world.

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Ripley's movie review

I loved this movie.

Rip apart Harrison's accent, if you will. Tell me that every submarine movie uses the same plot (what the hell is the word I want here? techniques? points? conventions! that's it!) conventions. Whine about the ending being unnecessary. Go ahead. I don't care. It's a very cool movie.

K-19: The Widowmaker is a tense, moving, intelligent film. Not your typical "all action, stupid plot" summer blockbuster but a movie that draws you in. It runs over two hours and not once did I wonder what time it was. Not once.

Harrison Ford plays his part perfectly. Sure the accent comes and goes and it's never quite right but I stopped noticing very quickly. Liam Neeson is equally great. I've never been a big fan of his but he earned my respect with this movie. And the supporting cast is an interesting mix of talented, international actors.

I nearly cried more than once. Some scenes were excruciating to watch -- you could feel the pain, the tension, and the fear that various members of the crew were experiencing.

All in all, an excellent movie and I highly recommend it.

The dry dock scenes were filmed in Halifax.
The Arctic Ocean scenes were filmed on (frozen) Lake Winnipeg.
The North Atlantic scenes were filmed off the shores of Nova Scotia.
The sub interiors were filmed in Toronto.
The 2nd sub and the destroyer were Canadian.
Yay, us. ;)

Added 17 August 2002 at 1:27 PM
Newt's movie review

From the non-breaking of the champagne bottle and the utterance "We're cursed", I was in this movie. I wasn't just enjoying it, I was there. I was holding my breath and getting cold, feeling fear and anger and frustration. Wow, was it good.

I think the only thing that would have improved the movie was if no one had put on accents. My imagination is enough to take me there.

It was a movie of bravery and courage. It was eerie and beautiful and frightening. And the ending WAS right. It was perfect.

Extra notes:
It was directed by a woman.
It was produced by a woman.
The shots in a Moscow train station were in a Moscow train station.
The shots inside the government buildings in Moscow were inside the government buildings in Moscow.

Added 14 December 2002 at 5:27 PM

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