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.