There are some films that are worth seeing late on opening night, when you have to wake up early for work the next day...Black Sea isn't one of those movies. However, that didn't stop us from seeing the 9pm Thursday night showing at the Arclight Cinema in Hollywood.
On a totally unrelated side-note, after having an amazing meal at the Arclight Cafe in Studio City, we were looking forward to a pre-movie meal at the Hollywood location. The menu was completely different in Hollywood, more expensive and not half as good.
PLOT - Recently laid-off from his job as a submarine captain, Captain Robinson ( Jude Law) and his other unemployed former coworkers, meet with a mysterious backer who will pay to have them salvage gold from a sunken nazi submarine. The lure of a big pay-day and the idea of beating their former company to the wreckage, prompt the men to risk their lives during this dangerous mission. The ship is in Russian waters, so their crew is comprised of half English and half Russian men, creating a lot of tension, especially when they all learn that they will get an equal cut of the money. Will the men be able to work together and safely recover the gold?
LIKE - Black Sea is primarily an action movie. I liked the intensity, especially how they captured the claustrophobic feeling of being trapped underwater in an old submarine. The danger is visceral and I felt squirmy in my seat. The actors are all solid, especially Jude Law as Captain Robinson. It's been a long time since I've seen Law in a film and although he was the lead, he is no longer cast as a sex symbol. It's a good transition. The men on the sub are not pretty, actor looking types. This grittiness in the casting made the ensemble seem believable. I was entertained throughout the entire film and there were even a few plot twists that I didn't anticipate.
DISLIKE - I left the theatre feeling like I saw an okay movie. However, Dan did not like Black Sea. He said that it was filled with a ton of technical errors and he put it to me this way, "Karen, it's as if you decided that you wanted to write a story set on a submarine and then you didn't bother doing any research to see if it was plausible". Yep, my knowledge of submarines is zilch. Admittedly, there was a lot in this film that seemed implausible, but since it was more of an action movie than a serious drama, I didn't let myself get bogged down with specifics.
RECOMMEND - Meh. Don't rush out and see it in the theaters, but if it comes on cable, give it a shot. If you're a fan of action movies, you might find that Black Sea is a fun ride.