K-19: The Widowmaker

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Released 2002

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Director:
Kathryn Bigelow
Released:
2002
Rating:
PG-13
K-19: The Widowmaker is a thrilling film about the USSR's first nuclear ballistic submarine. The submarine is named K-19 and it is supposed to be the best submarine that the USSR has ever made. The crew is led by the infamous Captain Alexi Vostrikov (Harrison Ford). He is a ruthless leader who will do absolutely anything to get his missions finished. Unfortunately, the submarine has a problem and malfunctions. The crew and captain then have to work hard to prevent the submarine from causing a nuclear disaster. K-19: The Widowmaker is a thrilling movie that has the USSR's marines racing against time to prevent a disaster that not only would affect the crew and the captain, but it would also affect many parts of the world. This movie is full of action-packed scenes and death-defying stunts. It is truly an entertaining movie that will keep you glued to your screen.

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  • 80

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    (Director Bigelow) piles up one nerve-racking crisis after another, interspersed with moments of ethereal, almost otherworldly beauty.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    K-19's determination to push hard for self-congratulatory morals and convenient resolutions undercut the film's strengths and make it more conventional.

  • 60

    Variety Robert Koehler

    Obediently follows the verities of the submarine movie and its true story origins but without the imagination needed to refresh the genre.

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