K-19: The Widowmaker.

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.

Notes:
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. ;)


Posted by Ripley on July 21, 2002 | Tags: movies