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K 19: The Widowmaker




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This real near-disaster-meltdown story of the Russian nuclear sub K-19 shows making decisions about repairs on deadly radiation leaks, as they tramp through the flooded contaminated reactor chambers with no radiation suits, just chemical protection suits.

There's tension, thrills, and a couple of good twists thrown in for a few suprises, but I found this movie really about heroism, self-sacrifice, and survival.

That alone was well worth the telling of this human drama.

Loosely based on a true incident and employing every single cliché from every single submarine movie that came before it, K-19: The Widowmaker is as depressing as its title.

This slow-moving, claustrophobic tale of perdition is not about war, but the battle of dangerous technology.

True, it's nearly impossible not to be moved by these men's sacrifice; however, it's another case of history ruined by cliches, bad accents, and a dreadful script.

This is an historical message movie that was inspired by actual events. It's a look at Cold War tensions from the Russian view.

The reenactment was in part shot in Moscow with the full cooperation of the Russian government and represents National Geographic's first try into feature films.

The picture brings us inside an experimental nuclear sub that suffers a meltdown in the North Atlantic and tells the story of the men's courage and determination to prevent a near nuclear disaster in 1961.

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