FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIE REVIEW: Tonight I saw “Black Sea” which stars Jude Law (Enemy at the Gates, Sherlock Holmes ), Bobby Schofield (The Last Ferry, Ockham [short]), Karl Davies (Emmerdale [TV series], Octane), Konstantin Khabenskiy (World War Z, Wanted), Tobias Menzies (Casino Royale, Finding Neverland), Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises, Exodus: Gods and Kings), Grigoriy Dobrygin (A Most Wanted Man, How I Ended This Summer), Michael Smiley (The World’s End, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer), David Threlfall (Shameless [TV series], Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World), Sergey Puskepalis (Metro, Simple Things), Daniel Ryan (Bon Voyage, Mount Pleasant [TV series]), Scoot McNairy (Non-Stop, 12 Years a Slave), Sergey Kolesnikov (A Good Day to Die Hard, Cold Souls), Branwell Donaghey (Prometheus, New World Disorder), and Sergey Veksler (Antikiller 2: Antiterror, O Luckyman!). It is directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland, State of Play). After getting fired from his job of working on submarines for eleven years, Robinson (Law) sets out to get back at all of the people who kicked him in the face throughout life. Soon enough, he finds that after hearing from one of his friends that a missing German U-Boat from WWII stocked full of gold was found and no one has claimed it. Without hesitation, Robinson gets funding from a rich man to form a team of professionals that he knows to find the submarine and become rich. The creeping problem is, how will the crew react when the gold is on board, knowing that they all get a flat share and if there is fewer people to worry about, they get more money?
I bet that you have never heard of this film before, and to be honest, neither have I until I stumbled upon it on the Redbox website not that long ago. And I’m glad I did. Not only is this movie great, but it has an overall theme that will surely make you appreciate it more. That theme that I am writing about is how in life, there are winners and losers, and in this movie’s case, that means the rich and the poor. The rich get their life handed to them on a silver platter while the poor try to claw their way to a decent living. Granted, I don’t live like that, nor am I rich, but it gave such a rich story and titular character that I am sure a lot of people, especially people experienced in life, will understand. Robinson is a character who wants to prove his worth to society, being as how he has been living in the gutter of life. He has lost his family to his job working in submarines and that single life decision was tossed away in a second when they fired him like he didn’t matter. You can feel the raw emotion and how he wants to prove himself to the world that he can do anything he sets his mind to. Besides Robinson, his crew is also interesting, and all of them have different characteristics. Half of them are shrouded by their Russian language, having to navigate a Russian vessel, but you can still feel their stress and frustration through their facial expressions and body movements. All of the acting was fantastic and I could connect with all of them. It’s odd too because I don’t know almost everyone on this list of actors, but somehow they felt like regular, top quality actors that I would see on big blockbusters. With the characters came the story, which was very thrilling. Once they get into the submarine and shift gears things get heated really fast. I couldn’t tell you the amount of times my legs tensed up because of a nerve-racking situation that I knew what would happen was taking forever to show up on the screen. This happened quite a bit because that is the tone of this film. Everything is fast paced and you are on constant watch for any trickery or problem to unfold. Not only was that intriguing, but so was the transition of the theme I mentioned earlier. I won’t spoil anything, so I will just write that you will know what I mean when you see it. That brings me to saying that a good portion of this movie is unpredictable. Sure, there were aspects that I could point out right in the beginning that would happen, but the detail and how exactly it would get there are all a mystery. I will also state that this is a sad film and it almost made my eyes get watery towards the end. Don’t expect this to be a lighthearted movie about the sea because you will get handed the complete opposite (well, you will get a sea). One aspect I forgot to mention was the special effects which were great. All the outside shots of the submarine were put together fantastically in CGI and the scenes of some of the crew exploring outside the submarine were well-made as well. The cinematography that went along with this film fit the tone to a T and I respect the director for giving such a tense experience through close cuts and soft shakings of the camera. In terms of cons, I have two. The first would be how I was thrust into the beginning. Before they get into the submarine it felt rushed. I didn’t get to situate myself into the issue at hand soon enough before they actually got to the mission itself. There were good scenes, mind you, but there were only about five scenes in which they were not on the submarine, which doesn’t give me enough time to get a grasp on introductions. Finally, the last issue is how the first act is a bit slow. It takes a while for the movie to really kick into gear, and once it does, it does! In conclusion, this is a terrific hidden film that should be recognized. It has amazing acting, tense storytelling, and a deep theme that is sure to attract a lot of people. I recommend anyone the right age to see it! FINAL SCORE: 91%= Juicy Popcorn
Here is the trailer: