FILMS OF THE WEEK: Hunter Killer
With a possible eye on the current uneasy relationship between the US of A and Russia, Hollywood serves up a bombastic slice of make-believe aggro between the two countries in Hunter Killer. Gerard Butler (300, London Has Fallen) plays Joe Glass – a wet behind the ears US submarine commander who’s sent to investigate a lost American vessel that was last seen in the waters of the Arctic.
Suspicions suggest that the Russians may have blown it to bits with torpedoes, but there’s slightly more, erm, depth to it. Like what? Up on the surface the Americans quickly realise that a) they’re completely outgunned by warships and all manner of artillery sat on the coast and b) the Russian president has been kidnapped and a full-scale war is about to be triggered by one of his ministers. Yikes.
The twist that you’ll spot a mile away is that the US military must then delve deep into enemy territory to rescue the captured leader in order to prevent a nuclear winter. It’s all very much action-movie-by-numbers as missiles fill the skies and oceans and very loud explosions come ripping through the speakers, with little else in between.
The only real surprise is that they somehow managed to bag Academy Award winning actor, Gary Oldman (Batman: The Dark Knight and Darkest Hour) to star as the scene-stealing war strategist Admiral Charles Donnegan. Still, Hunter Killer is genuinely entertaining, if not fairly predictable. It’s the perfect weekend movie with mates.
In cinemas now.
20,000 Leagues (1954)
A Disney sci-fi flick that sees a group of scientists set out to uncover the truth about a rumoured sea monster that’s been destroying ships.
Das Boot (1981)
Set during World War II, this tells the tale of the highs and crushing lows of spending your days locked in a U-boat. It’s considered an all-time great German movie.
The Abyss (1989)
One of the most memorable deep sea films sees a search team sent to locate the USS Montana only to stumble across some otherworldly entities they weren’t expecting.
Hunt for Red October (1990)
Quite possibly the most successful submarine movie ever stars Sean Connery and has stark Cold War parallels with the recent Hunter Killer.
OK, so there aren’t any actual subs in this, but this coming of age comedy drama has the name right there in the title and that’s why it makes the list.
What else is in the cinemas over the next week
A demented killer invades a spooky event held a theme park and uses the costume-clad crowds to blend in and pick off visitors one-by-one.
A Private War
Rosamund Pike stars as famed war correspondent Marie Colvin in this retelling of her life on the frontlines of battles from across the globe. Gripping stuff.
Summer of ‘84
When a bunch of people end up going missing, one teenager and his friends are determined to catch the serial killer. Could it be the cop who lives next door?
Ana & Bruno
A tale about a young girl who escapes from a psychiatric hospital in order to save her mother. Along the way she meets a host of fantastical friends.