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2.0 out of 5 stars Does not do the story justice, 17 Aug. 2012
This review is from: K-19 : The Widowmaker [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
This is a fantastic story, but sadly very poorly brought to the screen.

While watching it, I wondered at some of the casting; other than the visible age difference, I'd have thought Neeson better at the martinet and Ford as the caring one; but both play their parts well enough, and are amongst my favourite actors, so to create a lemon with both is quite an achievement. Only their presence and enjoyably low-key acting from the crew really saves this from one star. The Russian high ups are possibly the most caricatured Americanisms since Dr Strangelove.

However, it was the droning lack of pace in the movie that really annoyed me, in what should have been real edge of the seat stuff. None of the characers elevated themselves to the point of being able to care about them, and quite seriously, I thought it felt as dull as "The Hurt Locker"; then at the credits, I noticed the director, of course Kathryn Bigelow.

Then it all fell together: the films are very similar in that they completely fail to convey the nature of the issues and the people. Like "The Hurt Locker", many aspects of this were appallingly, unforgivably inaccurate (although perhaps that's for cinematic reasons more than anything else, but it's totally unacceptable to show the fin collapsing under pressure and to claim that there was danger of the warheads and reactor detonating). With "Point Break" this completes a trio of twaddle in the only films I've seen to date from a director that (Titanic aside) does not bear comparison with her ex-husband.

Another good story completely wasted.
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