Inspired by a true story, a tale which follows Captain Alexi Vostrikov who, at the height of the Cold War, is ordered to take over command of the nuclear missile submarine K-19, pride of the Soviet Navy. His assignment: Prepare the K-19 for sea and take her out on patrol--no matter what the cost. But problems with the K-19 arise that may lead to a core meltdown and explosion that will certainly kill all aboard, and possibly trigger nuclear war. In a daring act of heroism, Vostrikov must choose between his orders from the Kremlin and the lives of his men.
Liam Neeson and Harrison Ford play Soviet naval officers wrestling for control of a nuclear submarine — with each other, and with the vessel itself, a malevolent embodiment of totalitarian hubris and bureaucratic incompetence. Kathryn Bigelow, one of the best pure action directors around, turns a sturdy, conventional script — a hybrid of "Alien" and "Mutiny on the Bounty," with many nods to submarine movies of the past — into a swift, tense drama of dueling egos and mechanical catastrophe. — A. O. Scott
2002-07-19 | A. O. Scott | Read the New York Times Review of K-19: The Widowmaker