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  • Summary: Inspired by a true story, the film follows the heroism of Captain Alexei Vostrikov (Ford) who, at the height of the Cold War, is ordered to take command of the nuclear missile submarine K-19 away from its original commander Captain Mikhail Polenin (Neeson). Vostrikov's mission is to quicklyInspired by a true story, the film follows the heroism of Captain Alexei Vostrikov (Ford) who, at the height of the Cold War, is ordered to take command of the nuclear missile submarine K-19 away from its original commander Captain Mikhail Polenin (Neeson). Vostrikov's mission is to quickly ready the ill-prepared sub for her maiden voyage -- no matter what the cost. (Paramount Pictures) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    Impressive and heartfelt.
  2. I don't think that a woman behind the camera necessarily affects the tenor of what is on screen, but never before have I seen a men-of-war film more notable for its psychology than its spectacle.
  3. The movie gradually works its way, with quiet intelligence and apparent conviction, until there's no turning from it. An hour in, and we're on that boat.
  4. K-19's determination to push hard for self-congratulatory morals and convenient resolutions undercut the film's strengths and make it more conventional.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    60
    Obediently follows the verities of the submarine movie and its true story origins but without the imagination needed to refresh the genre.
  6. The movie becomes an American salute to military patriotism, anybody's military patriotism. Think of it as "A Few Good Reds."
  7. Rarely has a major motion picture -- and this one is major by virtue of its misplaced ambition as well as its budget -- been afflicted by such flagrant dissonance between subject and style.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 4 out of 19
  1. Vladimir
    Dec 28, 2002
    10
    I understand that the most of American viewers did not like this movie, because popular Hollywood tricks such as mass drinking scenes and I understand that the most of American viewers did not like this movie, because popular Hollywood tricks such as mass drinking scenes and masturbating in a latrine were cut from the movie. But still there are some people, who see and appreciate great job of producers, who has shown us almost forgotten history. It was a hard film to see, at least for me, who knows what radiation is. Expand

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