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Language: English
Category: Movie / Adventure / Drama / Thriller
Original Title: Black Sea
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Writers: Dennis Kelly
Released: 2014
Budget: £8,000,000
Duration: 1h 54min
Video type: Movie
In order to make good with his former employers, a submarine captain takes a job with a shadowy backer to search the depths of the Black Sea for a submarine rumored to be loaded with gold.


Cast overview, first billed only:
Jude Law Jude Law - Robinson
Karl Davies Karl Davies - Liam
Llewella Gideon Llewella Gideon - Job Centre Worker
Jodie Whittaker Jodie Whittaker - Chrissy
Gus Barry Gus Barry - Martin (aged 12)
Konstantin Khabenskiy Konstantin Khabenskiy - Blackie
Daniel Ryan Daniel Ryan - Kurston
Scoot McNairy Scoot McNairy - Daniels
Tobias Menzies Tobias Menzies - Lewis
Michael Smiley Michael Smiley - Reynolds
David Threlfall David Threlfall - Peters
Sergey Kolesnikov Sergey Kolesnikov - Levchenko
Sergey Puskepalis Sergey Puskepalis - Zaytsev
Sergey Veksler Sergey Veksler - Baba
Grigoriy Dobrygin Grigoriy Dobrygin - Morozov

The Submarine used for filming is called the Black Widow. It is an old Soviet sub moored in the River Medway at Strood, Kent.

Jude law spent 3 days on a British submarine to prepare for his role.

The small Canon EOS C500 made the shots in the Ukraine possible according to director 'Kevin MacDonald')qv): "We could use the C500 handheld. A lot of the film is handheld. But we also used it on a dolly and on the crane, in one or two instances. So it was perfectly easy and flexible to use in that regard. There are a few shots in this film that Christopher Ross and I took on a 'recce'. We went to Ukraine; to Sebastopol, which is the Russian naval base that's in the Black Sea. We just really went to have a look, because we were hoping to go back and shoot there for real. But we ran out of money and weren't able to go back. Luckily Chris and I had taken the Canon C500... really just because we wanted to have a play around with it, as an opportunity to test it together. We took some shots out of the window of a bus and some landscape shots, which actually we've used in the final film. Chris was operating it on his own - he found that relatively straightforward, even with the Codex 4K recorder. It does eat up memory like you wouldn't believe but we shot some really beautiful images on the Canon. So that's one of the great advantages. It's a camera that you can take along on a 'recce' with you; a camera which can just sit in a backpack and, if you suddenly see something and think 'ah that's fantastic; I'd like that in the film. I'm never going to see that again' - a sunset, an animal or whatever it is - you can whip it out and there you go; you've got it."

The engine mechanic's name is Zaitsev. Jude Law's character in "Enemy at the Gates", where he plays a Soviet sniper, was also named Zaitsev.

In the sunken U-boat, there is one body with a bullet hole to the head and holding a pistol. The gun is a Luger Parabellum P38, which marks the body, along with the hat, as the sub's captain.

Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn previously starred together in Räpane amet (2012).

Each member would receive $2,000,000.

Reviews: [25]

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    There's always a niche appeal for submarine stories. The very concept promises many characters sharing a mutual predicament while confined in the depths. Black Sea offers decent psychological thriller with its good set-up and claustrophobic cinematography, but the personalities often do stupid things just for the sake of drama. One must wonder if the problems here could've been resolved with proper human interactions, such as conversations without violence undertone or not resorting to outright violence on a whim.

    Robinson (Jude Law) is recently fired from his job. Disgruntled and very keen on making money, he jumps at the first opportunity of big pay. The gig is to recover sunken World War II submarine which allegedly contains heaps of gold. Thus, he assembles his team of merry misfits and dives for the riches. His whole team consists of either inexperienced or slightly mad crew.

    Cue the crazy debacle where someone gets randomly stabbed or a few misclicks cause the submarine to nose dive, and the operation sinks faster than the submarine itself. Everyone is aggressive every time, there's barely any human interaction which doesn't lead in heated argument. I'm not an expert but surely when placed in crucial condition as submerged with actual chance of dying, one might need to cooperate instead of constantly picking a fight.

    The visual is fitting for the theme, mostly shot in typical small corridor or halls, it is meant to be claustrophobic. The acting isn't half bad, Jude Law does his best though the accent is a bit jarring. It takes advantage of the premise well, and produces occasional morale ambiguity for gritty effect. A couple of the twists are decent in creating more dilemmas to elevate the tension, excluding the rest which are the results of tragic human error.

    Black Sea is true to the deep nature of submarine film, sometime suspenseful and engaging, though most of the personality clashes are ridiculously forced.
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    As a former submarine sailor I watch every submarine picture that is exhibited. None are exactly as it was or is. Most are a lot of fun to watch. This movie was very good as it entertained and kept you on the edge of your seat. This is a good escape from all the movies that are all explosions, blood and gore, fantasy, and vampire trash. This has a believable storyline even if the FX are a little unbelievable. You should watch this movie and enjoy it. Jude law is surprising in the role of the Capt. and is a great deal different than previous movie roles for him. The clash of personalities adds to the excitement through danger and mechanical malfunctions.
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    Greetings again from the darkness. One of my first favorite TV shows as a little kid was "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea". Each week I sat wide-eyed in front of the tube (yes, it was actually a cathode ray tube back then) anxiously awaiting underwater adventure. It wasn't until later that I discovered Irwin Allen's 1961 movie of the same name, and more importantly, Jules Verne's novel "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea", which featured the wild exploits of Captain Nemo and the Nautilus. Since then, count me in for just about any movie based aboard a submarine (Down Periscope being a rare exception).

    Director Kevin MacDonald is best known for his excellent 2006 film The Last King of Scotland (with Forest Whitaker's Oscar winning performance as Idi Amin). This time he works with a script from playwright Dennis Kelly to deliver a gritty, tense thriller that is lacking any traditional Hollywood fluff … it's a down and dirty look at greed, desperation and the survival instinct.

    Inherent to a story based aboard a submarine is the immediate and constant threat of claustrophobia and death. This one adds another element of danger by blending a crew of Russians and Brits with the goal of bringing back millions of dollars in gold locked away on a sunken German U-Boat in the Black Sea waters. Lest you think the Russians are just another group of southern California actors faking the accent, director MacDonald confirmed that he cast actual Russian actors – including Grigoriy Dobrygin (A Most Wanted Man), Konstantin Khabenskiy (one of the most popular actors in Russia), and three others named Sergey, which MacDonald acknowledged contributed to on-set confusion. This decision elevates the onboard tension between adversarial characters to an armrest-gripping level. Yet another slightly psychotic Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom) role doesn't hurt, either.

    Jude Law continues the second phase of his career – far removed from his pretty boy early films – as a tough, revenge-seeking sub captain fired by his long-time employer. Should you doubt Law's acting range, I would recommend not just this film, but also last year's Dom Hemingway (a wild ride). Law's performance here is very strong as he transforms from a p.o.'d former employee to an eye-on-the-prize, win-at-all-cost treasure seeker. The onboard tension mounts every time there is interaction between the Russians and Brits, and Law's character attempts to mediate. The progression of this three-way dynamic is fascinating to watch as it unfolds.

    To provide that true underwater feeling, MacDonald filmed some scenes onboard an old Soviet submarine that is moored in the River Medway in Kent (UK). We never have that feeling of Hollywood soundstage; instead we as viewers share in the tight space and constant dread. This combination of characters, setting and mission deliver an intense thriller that is sure to please, and feels uncommonly welcome this early in the year.

    The pinnacle of submarine movies is Das Boot (1981), a must-see for any movie lover. Other popular sub films include Crimson Tide (1995), The Hunt for Red October (1990), and K-19: The Widowmaker (2002), and for those of us who are fascinated by life (and possible death) under the sea, we gladly welcome a new entry to the sub-genre, especially one as well made and tension-packed as Black Sea.
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    watching to future

    Some characters were so tough-looking that while watching you feel some of the people in the submarine will die. Jude Law acted his role so perfectly that he was a very authoritarian leader & guided the team with his belief in them that they would finally succeed their aim of taking the gold to the surface of the sea.

    What Daniels confessed after they brought all the gold inside was shocking for Jude Law as well as the audience. Fraser was right for the first time when he suggested killing Daniels but they thought they needed him to take the submarine to the surface. Robinson (Jude Law)'s only mistake was not letting them kill Daniels.

    The last part was very touching when Daniels sacrificed himself to save the two people and to send all the gold to the surface some part of which to be sent to his family he will never see again.
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    "I know a way to not be like this. I know a way to get money." Captain Robinson (Law) is a submarine captain who has just been told he is no longer needed. When he tells his crew about this they are wondering what the next step in their lives will be. The idea comes up about trying to salvage a sunken sub full of Nazi gold and they agree to look for it. What starts off as a way to make money becomes something so much more. This is a movie that I can not do justice to in a review. The movie is nothing amazing and is not a classic but this is one of the biggest surprises I have seen in a while. I was sucked in right away and was interested and intrigued all the way until the end, which seemed to come almost too soon. This movie takes all the great aspects of a heist movie and moves the setting to a claustrophobic submarine. I could go on about how much I liked this movie but I will just say this is one you have to see to understand. I recommend this. Overall, nothing that will win awards or become a classic, but it was entertaining and very much worth your time. I really enjoyed this. I give it a B+.
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    Arabella V.

    The title of the film – Black Sea – is both descriptive and geographic.

    Jude Law plays Robinson, a submarine captain put out to graze by his salvage company who finds an audacious way to get back at his old bosses and make some money at the same time. The "MacGuffin" in this movie is a wartime German U-Boat that disappeared without trace in 1941 along with a fortune in Russian gold. Robinson pulls around him a team of divers and submariners – some less mentally stable than others – together with a reluctant banker (evil, naturally) and they set off from Sevastopol in an old hulk of a sub in search of the loot.

    They find the treasure, split the loot and all live happily ever after. Well, no, obviously not. This claustrophobic drama pits man against man as ethnic tensions and greed collide in the pursuit of the spoils.

    The movie starts with the feel of a low budget UK film. Surprising given Kevin Macdonald of "Last King of Scotland" fame directs. However my lowered expectations were then progressively raised by an interesting albeit belief-suspending story, some decent acting and a modicum of suspense. Jude Law gives one of his better performances of recent years and also noteworthy is the youngster on board – Tobin played by Bobby Schofield – who you end up really caring about far more than most of the rest of the cast.

    Followers of the Fad may recall my comments about the unsuitability of this year's "Under the Skin" to US audiences due to the impenetrable Glaswegian accents: here Jude Law gives non-British ears a similarly challenging Scottish accent, ably supported by tricky Liverpudlian and Russian dialects! This is not helped by a less than crisp vocal audio track, often drowned out by the music and foley work. #subtitles=on.

    Bits of just about every submarine and underwater movie ever made – including Das Boot, K19: The Widowmaker, The Hunt for Red October, Run Silent Run Deep and The Enemy Below – are put into the movie blender, mixed with a dash of The Abyss and spiced with a soupçon of the finale of Caine's Italian Job. As such this has the feel of a film you have seen before, and its release timing – a thriller in the first week of December – suggests a studio view of this being cannon fodder: not good enough for the summer blockbuster season and not Oscar worthy either.

    It is also not exactly a chick-flick with – from memory – only one female line (Jodie Whittaker, in flashback) throughout the whole film.

    All that being said, on the plus side the moderately feel-good ending is quite innovative and surprising: I didn't see it coming.

    Not a film that I will be hunting out on DVD, but not bad for a diverting rainy afternoon viewing.

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    As submarine movies go, Black Sea is probably the best one this year. That it may be the only one certainly helps. Kevin McDonald (The Eagle, The Last King of Scotland) has delivered a Boy's Own adventure under the sea that is part thriller, part drama and could easily have been a Desmond Bagley novel forty years ago. And that's no bad thing.

    When submarine pilot Captain Robinson (Jude Law) is made redundant, he seeks solace in the company of a pint and some former colleagues. One of them mentions a missing German U-boat that was lost in the Second World War, laden with gold bullion from Russia, Robinson sets a plan in motion to seize the gold and end their financial woes. With an investor in place, a rusted submarine and a motley crew comprised equally of Brits and Russians, Robinson heads into the depths of the Black Sea for a deep water heist, but a tin can filled with greedy, desperate, jealous men doesn't bode well…

    There is nothing remarkable about Black Sea. It lacks the tension of Das Boot, doesn't rewrite history quite as horribly as U571 and doesn't quite hit the (dated) adventure of The Hunt for Red October, but it is an enjoyable romp of angst, betrayal and underhand tactics that fills an evening quite adequately.

    Screenwriter Dennis Kelly (Utopia) either doesn't understand the law of physics or has decided to bend them anyway but the screenplay rattles along quite nicely, building the drama, adding the odd explosive scene and even managing one or two very funny quips. He establishes a crew of embittered men on opposing sides without making any of them too much of a caricature. There are a few missing beats and some clunks as logic and reason tumble down the gangway but, for the most part, Black Sea holds the attention and entertains. There is little to surprise but, as long as the viewer isn't too bothered by historical or scientific accuracy, there is nothing to really disappoint.

    Jude Law makes for an enjoyable, grizzled hero though he isn't given enough to add depth to his character. The soft flashbacks and memories of his estranged wife and son are intended to add meat to his bones but there isn't enough in them to make us really care and they are more distracting than affecting. We understand and care more about Tobin's (Bobby Schofield) emotional predicament through a brief exchange between captain and junior than the entirety of flashbacks from Robinson.

    Black Sea has the feel of a movie dumped on the world because it is too light to feature in the summer blockbusters, too small (of budget) to compete against Hollywood's big studio flicks and doesn't even pretend to have any merit when it comes to awards season. For a low budget British adventure thriller it serves perfectly well on a cold, damp, winter's evening for a certain type of cinemagoer who is already sick of the barrage of Christmas schmaltz and family fare at the multiplex.

    If you want entertainment with a smidgen of mystery, a dollop of action and a hint of thrills, Black Sea does the job adequately.

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    Black Sea is about a group of men who have given everything to their jobs, only to be discarded away. These men then get a submarine to find a U-Boat containing Nazi gold.

    Going in to the movie with that description and only having seen one trailer, I had low expectations for this. However, this movie was a lot better that I thought it would be despite the events of the movie being predictable to a certain extent.

    The story goes as expected apart from I couple of things which I didn't see coming (which is always nice). The characters were a bit lacking. Apart from a couple, most were under-developed. And my main issue with the most of the characters is that I didn't really care most of them. As for the Scottish accents, it was easy enough to understand, but then again, I live in Scotland. The movie does have a good share of awesome and very entertaining scenes though.

    In saying that, I still enjoyed the movie as it has a decent story and conclusion, despite lacking a bit in the character department.
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    All of the classic drama/suspense elements are there; intrigue, plotting, betrayal, redemption, class conflict, heroes, bad guys, the mandatory weasel...and a pretty darned cool submarine.

    They really didn't break any new ground but there is certainly room for another, 'Holy crap...we're really deep underwater in a tin can' movie.

    Unlike 'The Hunt for Red October', this movie was mostly dark with intermittent moments of hope but little humour...which is OK since as a pure drama, things moved along nicely. Good acting, dialogue and direction gave this film a finished and crafted look and feel.

    Jude Law gave a truly gritty performance, which I really doubted he had in him. I expected some of the more typical smart mouthed, foppy behaviour we've come to expect from Jude, but he fit right in with the other rough and tumble members of the crew.

    It's well worth seeing on the big screen but you better hurry...tonight I was completely alone in the theatre...which means a lot of people are missing out on some fine entertainment, and it probably won't be around much longer.
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    Robinson (Jude Law) is laid off from his salvage company, but learns about a German sub deep in the Black Sea that is loaded with gold from WWII. Robinson gets the funding, an old Russian sub and a crew of 12 consisting of Russians and English to go after the gold.

    All of the above sounds really good, but here's the thing: the crew members don't like or trust each other and tensions rise. Here is what I didn't understand: most were out of work and readily available to search for the gold. Yet, they acted like this was business as usual and would have liked it if some members were killed off and that would mean more money for them. Did someone say "greed." Robinson did say that all members would receive an equal share and this message was good and understood, by all, for about 20-seconds.

    The Russians spoke Russian and Robinson needed translations. Why not let the Russians speak English as we sometimes hear in movies? I mean if the translations were deceptive, then I could understand their speaking Russian, but there were no deceptions. See?

    One more thing: they hit something that breaks their drive shaft and they see the German sub and need to get that drive shaft to be able to move. Three go out with limited air supply in their tanks to retrieve the drive shaft and once inside the German sub, they discover the gold. Now here's the thing: a winch materializes out of nowhere to move the gold and the drive shaft. There is no talk of limited air supply and all work together to get the winch to move the gold and the drive shaft in the sea bed mud. Limited air supply indeed !

    Then comes the big twist. I truly forgot there would be a twist. Hey, it happens. And it happened because I was so engaged in this tension-filled story, but there it was. Bummer.

    The acting and tension all around were so good I felt as though I was on that sub, too, and yes, I was looking over my shoulder every 10-seconds like everyone else in these cramped quarters.

    There are some holes in here, but this is still a good sub story. (7/10)

    Violence: Yes. Sex: No. Nudity: No. Language: Yes.
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    And by "lost loves" I am talking about other submarine movies.

    This film is so bad in so many different ways that for a brief moment I was desperate to remember just a single submarine movie that I actually enjoyed.

    Then I remembered RED October and scooted over there (on the IMDb) to post a short review of one of the most perfect movies of all time.

    So, you see, it IS POSSIBLE to make an entertaining sub movie. This just isn't it.

    It is OK for about 20 minutes. Just you think it might actually get interesting, it turns into the one single thing a submarine movie must never ever do -- it turns into a claustrophobic story about a bunch of men who don't like each other but can't leave anyway.

    In my review of RED October, I commented that there were effectively no women in the film to counter-balance all that testosterone, and the viewer was too busy being entertained to care.

    In this movie, I would have liked to see the Avon Lady knocking on the hatch with her box of samples. At least THAT would have been interesting.
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    Robinson, an ex-Navy former submarine captain, gets fired from his salvage company job, and given a pittance of a pay off.

    Divorced from his wife, estranged from his son, his luck is sinking faster than a stricken sub.

    On hearing of a potential stash of Nazi gold in a sunken U-boat off the Georgian coast, he assembles a team to steal the treasure and strike back against a system rigged against him and his blue-collar crew......

    I was really looking forward to this movie. I love Macdonald, his films are so realistic, yet touching, and Law is a fine actor, even if he is channelling Phil Collins in this. But as soon as he took pity on the homeless lad, and got him a job on the submarine, despite his insistence on having only a solid crew on board, I knew it would narratively sink.

    Law is fine, and despite a couple of dodgy moments, his Aberdonian brogue is pretty good. The man carries the film.

    But the rest of the film is so mundane, and despite it being in such an enclosed space, the important element of claustrophobia that should heighten the tension, as evident in Das Boot, Crimson Tide, even U-571, just isn't there.

    So we just wait to see who will snap first, because any idiot would know that the less people there are, the more gold is there to share.

    Smiley is the best of the support, but even he's relegated to gushing monologues about the dangers of submarines and spends the majority of the film freaking out the already freaked out Mcnairy, who is basically this films Burke from Aliens.

    People start dying, people leave gasoline near engines, and come the end of the film, there's only enough suits for a few to survive.

    It feels suitably cold, but that element of claustrophobia is sorely missing.

    If this film were an album, it'd be 'No Life Jacket Required'

    Disappointing stuff.
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    It's a guy movie, but most guys will laugh at the technical problems, I think. This film puts a short pile of lesser-known actors on the submarine equivalent of the storied Star Wars ship Millennium Falcon and tries to make us believe that adults who've ever seen a submarine movie would be willing to get on such a vessel. The plot is simple, but tediously executed - essentially fulfilling fears voiced in warnings from early scenes. Also, the Russians have more subs than any other country. This film assumes that surface ships are the only ones sharing the water with this crew. Military types will just be irritated by this film - actual submariners, I suspect, will find it eye-rollingly silly.
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    A man with nothing left to lose, captains a mixed crew of low lives and scum bags with mixed agendas and open hatred for one another, also whom half speak Russian, the other half, British English, add some "lost in translation"-esque moments, a bit of confusion, trust issues, a banker type whose job it is to ensure company interests are kept afloat (pun intended), add some lost Nazi Gold as the prize, some major plot twists and you have yourself a brew for disaster.

    This film is brilliant. A great story, an awesome cast and suspenseful storytelling. Had me interested from the get go. Character goals, flaws and needs are clear, we can sympathize with the hero and his reasons for wanting to succeed, even when his crew start turning on one another and questioning his leadership. The films asks us some interesting questions in simple Human psyche. It also explores some of our most basic instincts when our survival is at stake. Do we stick together as a team in trying to succeed for a better life, or does one disband from the group to save ourselves? A claustrophobic and riveting film. The ending had me smiling as it was well executed and leaves one satisfied.

    GREAT FILM. Bravo!
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    Light out of Fildon

    Claustrophobia. Vulnerability. Tempers flaring. Danger. Crush depth. Mutiny. Only one type of movie has all these ingredients – the submarine film. Every few years we get a new one. It seems that they all have certain common elements, but these films often manage to be uncommonly good. The best of them include "Das Boot" (1981), "The Hunt for Red October" (1990), "Crimson Tide" (1995), "U-571" (2000) and "K19: The Widowmaker" (2002). We movie fans were overdue for the next great submarine film and "Black Sea" (R, 1:55) rises to the challenge.

    At the bottom of Europe's Black Sea, at the southern edge of the former Soviet Union, lies a sunken Nazi submarine filled with gold bars. Forgotten in the chaos that was World War II and made virtually inaccessible by the political and military instability that is the relationship between Russia and the former Soviet republics that now border the Black Sea, the gold is just sitting there. A British underwater salvage company has discovered the sub's location, but can't work out a deal to bring up the treasure. Captain Robinson (Jude Law), a skilled submariner who was recently laid off by the company, learns about the gold and decides to go after a nice severance package for himself. He gets together an aging but experienced crew of Brits and Russians, secures funding from a mysterious investor, buys an old Russian submarine and sets off on his quest – for financial security – and for justice.

    A barely functional submarine in a very sketchy set of circumstances is only the beginning of the problems for this journey to the bottom of the sea. The type of men who have survived a career of submarine duty are pretty tough and the type of men who would take on such a highly dangerous and highly illegal salvage operation are also pretty rough. Robinson promises each of the men an equal share of the profit (after their investor's terms are met), but as one characters asks, "What happens when these men realize that their shares get bigger when there's fewer men to split it with?" Well, that question turns out to be virtually irrelevant when other issues come up among this motley crew. As the water pressure increases outside the rusted metal walls of that old submarine, the tension rises between the men within its hull. A risky venture becomes exponentially more dangerous when the men begin to turn on each other.

    "Black Sea" is a very worthy successor to the great submarine movies of the past. The only name actor in the cast is Law, but the rest of the actors fit their roles well and the lack of recognizable faces makes this crew feel all the more real. The characters' interactions are believable and tense. This film has already taken the audience on quite a ride when a wicked reveal about two-thirds of the way through the film totally changes the game and raises the stakes even higher. As with most submarine films, this movie shows the intensity of human interactions in a heated crucible and also puts on full display the resilience and resourcefulness of men under pressure and their primal drive toward self-preservation. This film also has something to say about the dangers of greed and the nobility of selfless actions. It's been a long wait for another submarine movie of this quality. Here's hoping we movie fans don't have to wait too long for the next one. Meanwhile, do yourself a favor and take a trip to the "Black Sea". It's worth your time and money – and an "A" from me.
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    It's an interesting little film to say the least as it seemingly throws aside any character development or emotional complexity to jump to what…the next underwater blunder? Anyhow,for this type of movie you pretty much already know the routine. It's a treasure hunting movie in a submarine that unfortunately takes itself a little too seriously. Basically Jude Law plays a crusty sea-captain named Robinson that gets fired from his salvage job for some shadowy corporation. After finding himself at the bottom of a healthy looking pint of beer, he is told a salty tale by his matey that there's Nazi gold resting peacefully at the bottom of the Black Sea. You'll forgive me if I skip all the montages and build-up of the first act but you've no doubt see the same thing dozens of times by now. Robinson has his Ocean's Eleven (sea puns FTW) moment and puts together his crack team of sea-thieves comprised of a half Russian, half English crew. They take some old rust-bucket submarine out to look for the sunken submarine and naturally shenanigans ensue. Like any other good sub movie you get the usual claustrophobic drama mixed with the already elevated levels of tension that go with being 90 meters under the sea. Throw in a little greed-induced hysteria and that fact that the crew can't understand one another except through a handful of translators and you've got yourself a good ol' fashioned treasure hunt. I was thoroughly pleased to see Jude Law attempt a transformation from a fired blue-collar worker to an 'at-all-cost', obsession- driven treasure hunter. Unfortunately writer Dennis Kelly doesn't really give him enough depth as a character to make you care one way or the other. If I'm being honest you won't really care about any of the characters, or the submarine, or the sea, or the lack of any distinguishable threat, or the scientific and historical inaccuracies. We're all watching this movie for one reason and one reason only. Because there's Nazi freaking gold in it.
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    This film is about a submarine captain who is fired because of downsizing. He decides to form his own submarine team to hunt for the gold that Nazi Germany is rumoured to have left in a sunken submarine at the bottom of the Black Sea.

    I was initially put off by "Black Sea" because of the heavy accent, which made it hard for me to understand the dialog. Fortunately, the film is thrilling and captivating, so I was drawn by the film again. The plot keeps me on the edge because there is something happening in rapid succession. The divide between the British and the Russian crew is well portrayed. There are even mind games which is probably unexpected in a submarine thriller. The claustrophobic environment of the submarine, and also the constant fear of catastrophic events happening keep the adrenaline pumping. The ending is unexpectedly moving, I was very sympathetic towards the characters. It even gave me tingles down my body. I enjoyed watching "Black Sea".
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    Jude Law's new film Black Sea, directed by Kevin Macdonald, starts promisingly before its script and realism falter. Macdonald is a Scottish filmmaker, who started his career making documentaries including most famously Touching the Void. He has ventured into political dramas and adventure movies such as The Last King of Scotland, State of Play and The Eagle. Black Sea fuses a sociopolitical drama with a heist, man on a mission style film and also a cautionary story about greed. The director cites the greed aspect as being inspired by a film like John Huston's Treasure of Sierra Madre (1948). Foremost, it is a submarine drama about the claustrophobia of men stranded together, which inevitably draw comparisons with the German film Das Boot (1981).

    While writer Dennis Kelly has penned several episodes of the television show Utopia, this is his first feature film script. The most interesting component he uses is motivating the characters through class struggle and redundancy. In this contemporary story, Captain Robinson (Law) is a submarine captain who's been made redundant by his salvaging company. He's also frustrated by being separated from his wife and son, who left him because he was absent from them. He's approached by his friends, some who haven't worked in years, about an assignment. He's invited to join Daniels (Scoot McNairy), who organises a meeting with a wealthy benefactor that is willing to fund a mission to locate some Nazi gold under the ocean. Robinson assembles a mixture of British and Russian crewmen to locate the treasure, assuring them that every man will receive an equal share. Boarding a creaking, old submarine and the social inequality is felt within the vessel as the tempers flare over bringing in the gold.

    One technical miscalculation is how Kevin MacDonald has photographed the early scenes, prior to entering the submarine. The film's aesthetic flaw is shooting them in extensive close-up shots, paired with tight framing and grey colour tones, which is supposed to impose a fly-on-the-wall brand of realism. However, these are techniques which could have been reserved strictly for the submarine scenes to enhance the sense of claustrophobia and the tension levels. Some of the film was shot on-board a real submarine called the Black Widow using small cameras, while the rest of the movie was filmed on a set and also a massive water tank. Except for the odd jolt, the tight spaces of the submarine aren't as palpable or effective as you might be anticipating or dreading from a submarine drama.

    The film also struggles with character development and upholding the realism of its situations and narrative. Jude Law's solid leading presence conveys the aggression and determination of a character trying to escape his working class boundaries, sometimes at the expense of the crew. With his head shaved, it is a physically and emotionally tense performance but the arc feels uncertain about whether he is growing greedy and mad or prolonging his working class resilience by continuing the mission. Late in the film he risks lives to bring in the gold but at the very end he has a late change in his motives and attitudes. With a large number of crewmen, there are no women in the film besides briefly flashes of Robinson's wife, it is hard to develop the side characters in much detail. Instead, they only represent archetypes or emotions like cowardice, the loose cannon (Ben Mendelsohn's thick Australian accent stands out too sharply in this role), and inexperience. The youngest crew member is Tobin (Bobby Schofield), a young man who has a pregnant girlfriend and is bullied by the other sailors, while also drawing Robinson's sympathies as he thinks about his own estranged son. Sometimes the story feels indecisive about how to treat these characters, switching directions between a horror style elimination game as bodies pile up (the director cited Alien as a comparison) and taking them on blockbuster style adventures when the crew board the abandoned ship containing the gold.

    Believability was going to be problematic when combining social realism with a fictitious premise like assembling a team to find Nazi gold. The realism and attention to detail feels most lacking in the diving scenes. A small group of the men exit the submarine and dive out to find the Nazi ship. They reach a wall and they believe they're in the wrong area. With a swipe of the hand, a character erases the dust off the wall to reveal the swastika on the side of the Nazi ship for which they were searching. The camera then retracts to reveal the enormous war ship. Were the characters temporarily blind to miss this? In this sequence, not only are the crew allowed to dive without a mini submarine but they also have technology which allows them to talk under water. How handy and fortunate given the creaking state of their submarine. There are also jumps in the editing and continuity. After find the gold openly scattered in the ship, not locked away, the film jumps forward to the gold being neatly stacked up on a trolley under the water. How did they have enough air to move all that gold? The worst lapse in believability is a rushed plot twist, which explains in implausible terms how Robinson's working class friend was connected to a wealthy benefactor. It's a stupid and nonsensical twist, compounded by the film's sentimental ending and defiance of the weight of gold. While Black Sea starts promisingly with its sociopolitical topics and Jude Law's effective work as the captain, the film disappoints due to its lack of tension and gaffes in realism, which should have been airtight.
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    Good performance - och aye - from the lead, but the plot is poor.

    I really liked the theme of working people kicking back against the Man. Big industry sniggers at the hero who did the work, a team of old timers is assembled to recover stolen wealth, and a youngster tags along for no particular reason.

    The premise is flimsy, and the logistics of cashing in are impossible. So we're left with a claustrophobia drama. And it doesn't work well.

    There are two hate characters - the corporate guy and the psycho diver. Not convincing. Plus the mechanics of the sub failure they cause are too cheap.

    Good stuff from Smiley, quality actor.

    Music is cheap too. Must have ran out of finance.
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    Call me a nit picker, but as soon as the laws of physics make a movie unbelievable, I have to turn it off, which means I did not watch a whole lot of this film. Movie makers should be a little more aware that the viewing public is a little more educated these days, whilst from what I saw the acting performances were quite good, the crew of this submarine would have lasted about 10mins into the underwater segment of the story. Points that really irked me, an engine crankshaft bereft of pistons used as a drive shaft to move a vessel weighing a good 2,000 tons minimum, loading several tons of gold through a torpedo tube, would like to me the man that could accomplish this, navigating the depths without sonar,instead relying on good ole ears instead just as a start.Good acting not a good movie makes, a true to life depiction of the dangers of underwater exploration would have. Leonard Nimoy, would have tilted an eyebrow to this one.
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    An ocean's worth of clichéd characters inhabit the rusty old submarine (and script) skippered by an obscurely Scottish Jude Law in search of … well yes, in search of that old faithful of such nautical adventures – a cache of Nazi gold bullion nestling in the rusty hull of a sunken German U-boat. Or, rather, maybe it was Russian gold? Whatever; it's sitting there at the bottom of the Black Sea just waiting to be plundered.

    Writer Dennis Kelly has surely populated his story with every stereotypical, sweaty, unshaven macho alpha-male he's ever chanced upon in similar though far loftier stories of this genre.

    The film is shot mainly in shades of grey and black with the odd splash of red lighting to emphasis trouble is brewing way down beneath the waves, and forewarning the audience of a further onslaught of "effing and blinding" about to be unleashed on their eardrums. And as for those Russian accents….. 'The Man from UNCLE' conjured up more linguistic realism back in 1968.

    Admittedly, the claustrophobic atmosphere aboard the sub is enthusiastically portrayed and some of the set explosive interludes are well orchestrated; but honestly, one feels no responsiveness towards any of the characters and I really couldn't have cared less as to who lived or died. Surely not what the author or director should have intended? If a viewer can't identify or empathise with at least one character in a film; then the whole point of that movie's existence needs to be questioned.

    Some of the continuity was bizarre to say the least. At one point, in a fit of wrath following a member of his motley crew discovering he'd won the lottery (don't ask; it's a scene that is about as believable as The Tooth Fairy), our pseudo-Scottish Captain smashes the only receiver aboard the vessel with a wrench, only to be seen attempting to use the same said radio equipment an hour further into the movie, with ne'er a mark or dint to be spied on its pristine surface.

    By the time the film's spiralling implausible narrative has successfully disposed of most of the unlikeable crew, and a sudden potential way of escaping the quickly-sinking script is 'discovered'- one that is set to trigger off yet further disquiet and fisticuffs amongst the survivors - I'd given up the will to continue and vacated the cinema ten-minutes before the (presumably) quite daft conclusion. Who survived, if any, I couldn't tell you, nor alas do I care.

    And as for that Russian-cum-Nazi gold..............

    Jude Law – must try harder! Please note.
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    Absolute dire movie with some really dodgy acting going on, reminds me of the batman comic strip "ker - pow" "bosh" & some terrible Russian accents. the plot was predictable & poor & it was almost 2 hours of my life i'll never get back ! some seriously corny scenes as well. I gave it 1 out of 10, only because there isn't a zero! One minute they're sat in a pub, next they're driving through Russia en route to an old rust bucket of a Russian sub which was already full of fuel, food & water ! If I were Jude Law I'd be cringing at this movie, I'm really surprised he took it. If you're bored with nothing else to watch. Don't watch this, you'll be even more bored
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    Im a huge fan of the Submarine Genre, I even thought Below was a great film. So when I found this I was pumped, but then I started watching it...color me disappointed.

    First, the movie attacks Businesses, Corporations, IE: Capitalism. Its one of those movies where they make some faceless, nameless Corporation the bad guy. Well, that doesn't work in this movie and it doesn't really work for most American audiences. America is a Capitalist country, Europe, where this movie was made, is full of Socialists. So thats one downfall the movie has as the Corp. and its goals, which we learn via the corporate stooge, make absolutely no sense at all, but thats how they chose to move the plot along.

    Secondly, except for the kid and the corporate stooge, these are all experienced, professional submariners, yet almost none of them act like it. Being in a sub is the epitome of trusting others, yet a majority of these people act like they are in a building and can just walk out of it if/when the sh*t hits the fan. Jude Law plays the captain but hes one of the weakest captains on film, no one seems to respect him and no one but the kid wants to follow him.

    Which is why the whole plot stinks and is so wooden, these men aren't criminals, they are all sailors/submariners, but most of them act like paranoid criminals from the time they get in the sub. Many actions characters take are detrimental to their well being and the success of the "mission", to the point it makes you shake your head at the lack of believability.

    Also, for the submariners out there, how many times can a sub crash into the ocean floor? I know the first time it crashed on to the corral reef, but nevertheless, this old rusting submarine survived two crashes and 2 explosions that happened inside it, yet it only sprung a leak at the very end with the last explosion.

    Oh, and that kid took a pressure plate blow-out to the face, and then gets up like nothing happened. In real life it would have killed him.

    The "Leviathan" like ending probably wouldn't work in real life either, as they were on the ocean floor, they wouldn't be able to decompress in that way...and last but not least, Gold doesn't float.

    I don't think the switching out of shafts would have worked in real life either, it made a nice sub-plot, but the shaft being the same fit was the least of this movies problems.
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    If you enjoyed movies like U571, The Hunt for Red October & Crimson tide, then this movie is for you. In my personal opinion, it's not quite as good as the aforementioned titles, but it's certainly in the same league.

    Black Sea has most of the right ingredients for a tense underwater thriller. It ticks pretty much every box in the genre from extremely intense survival scenes to flawed human characters. There are several thoroughly enjoyable claustrophobic scenes, which are only intensified by the clearly terrified crew.

    There were only two weak points. They should've spent some time developing the characters a little more and perhaps making them a bit more likable so that you would care about their fates. The other minor point is the character's accents. Being British I was able to follow the various accents well enough, but I imagine it may be a little difficult to follow for viewers that aren't used to the inflections.

    Black Sea is a solid and professional production and a must-see for anyone that enjoys movies with this sort of theme.
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    Who is taking this seriously? I mean, as a movie? Who can actually sit and watch this, and be entertained or excited by it. The main guy's Scottish accent is laughably bad. At first he sounded Russian, then he just sounded like a bad actor trying to do a Scottish accent. The first few scenes are a jumbled mess. This needs to be called out as a very poor movie. I'm sorry. One of the positives is the way it looked. I liked the filming. But wait...seriously? How many times does he have to say "Aye" doesn't matter, because he doesn't sound like a Scottish man. The first few scenes are smashed together. The plot opens within about 3 minutes. It's just too quick. Guy gets fired from submarine job. Then somehow his other submarine guy knows about a sunken Russian submarine that has gold bars in it?