Hum, I thought this was an average film, 2.5/5, rather disappointing.
Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson play Russian nuclear submarine
commanders back in the good old days (The film is set in 1961
during the Cold war between the USA and Russia)
I was actually feeling a lil' bit sleepy during the first part of the
movie, maybe because what they were doing wasn't so interesting.
Oh, technically the film is well made, but the story itself was slightly
boring in my opinion.
All those Russian sailors looked alike to me, except for Ford and Neeson
who were recognizable of course. Plus the film was often extremely dark
so you could hardly tell who was who, who made who (AC-DC), or what the
hell was going on !
Rather long movie, 2 hours 12 minutes, plenty of repetitive scenes, drills
being conducted showing how the crew was not very efficient in general,
tinkering with a nuclear device that may go off at any time ... Going up,
going down, creaking sounds, the usual for submarine flicks, but this was
less intriguing than other sub movies I've seen : Das Boot, Crimson tide,
That scene near the end with the Russian and American captains meeting on
the sub and making lil' "speeches" reminded me of the horrible ending of
"ROCKY 4" actually ... remember when Stallone was in the middle of the
ring in Russia and making that INFAMOUS "let's live together in peace and
harmony" speech ... Wow, bad memories, I can never sit through that entire
scene, it's just too over the top, even for a Stallone film !
Anyway that's what that scene on the sub reminded me of ... and that final
scene in the cemetary, oh man, I haven't seen something so *obvious* in a
long time, it was almost as "bad" as the ending scene in "Saving Private
Ryan" ... although that movie is far superior in every way.
The accents in the movie didn't bother me much, only in the opening scene
was it obvious that Ford was faking an accent in fact, the rest of the
time he was almost talking in his "normal" voice with just a trace of
Russian-ness (!) ... I know some people were laughing due to his "bad"
Russian accent ! Hey, I can talk like that too, All I have to do is
stick a bunch of cotton balls inside my cheeks, voila ! ;-) 2.5/5 for
Cranky Critic : "K-19 disappoints on so many levels ... On average, a
first run movie ticket will run you Ten Bucks. Were Cranky able to set his
own price to K-19: The Widowmaker, he would have paid . . . $3.00"
"Well -- I thought archaeologists were always funny little men
searching for their mummies ..."
Kate Capshaw as "Willie Scott"
"Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom" - 1984
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