March 4, 2013
For Cold War Buffs, With Reservations
You can probably guess, based on my username, that I love Cold War history and films. And this movie is pretty solid. However, the writer/director, Todd Robinson, tries to shoehorn into the story a spiritual angle that falls completely flat, especially in the film's downright odd odd final scenes.
But, there is a lot to like here. A solid cast, doing their usual professional job. A fair bit of tension between the crew and the KGB zealots trying to start World War III. And, you get to see a lot of '60s Cold War submarine hardware, Novembers and Skipjacks and the like.
Also, no one *really* knows what happened to the K-129, other than it sank following an unknown accident. It also sank in 16,000 feet of water, and likely imploded. Parts of the boat were recovered in Operation Azorian in 1974 by the Glomar Explorer.
Cold War buffs should go. For everyone else, this is definitely a flyer. But, take a chance. I recommend it as an interesting near-miss.
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