An American submarine captain is teamed with marines to save the Russian president, kidnapped by a rebellious general.
Deep under the Arctic Ocean, submarine captain Joe Glass (Gerard Butler) is looking for a missing American submarine when he discovers that a seizure given by the Russians threatens to destroy world order offshore. With the team and the country on the line, Captain Glass must now organize a special elite group of the US Navy (SEAL) to save the Russian President kidnapped by and navigate through the enemy waters trying to stop a Third World War.
The film also stars Oscar winner Gary Oldman, Common, Linda Cardellini and Toby Stephens. “Operation Hunter Killer” is a thriller that runs both on water and on land.
An American submarine captain is teaming up with the Marines to save the Russian president, kidnapped by a rebellious general, in Hunter Killer’s Operation, for the first time on our big screens.
It all begins when a Russian submarine sinks into the Arctic Ocean. Shortly after, the United States is losing a mysterious submarine. In the midst of investigating these disturbing events, the army alarmed Washington, and it was discovered that a Russian admiral was trying to give a bloody blow to a naval base in Russia. The only hope of stopping a war is that the two superpowers unite their forces.
Gerald Butler reconfirms whether he needs a hero of action. Charismatic, mature, authoritative, he succeeds in being first calculated and inspiring safety and then being the hero of action he has used us in other films. Thus, the role of submarine captain fits the panoply of characters he has created. But at Butler’s choice for the main role, the good decisions at the level of the film production are kind of stopping.
When we say submarines, we come to mind first of all classics of the genre: Das Boot, the film illustrating life on a German submarine in the Second World War and the Red October Hunt, the story signed by Tom Clancy and placed on a submarine during the Cold War. Hunter Killer comes with many cliches: the Americans (good, how) against the Russians (and they are good enough to be politically correct, but under the specter of a coup). If the Americans are charismatic and they are always right, the Russians are not outdone, with a president that looks like a combination of Eastern European leadership and the Versace masculine model.
But the film has a fantastic journey: the Gerald Butler crew’s creatures are not only unpalatable, but they do not belong to the submarine. It seems that director Donovan Marsh has forgotten that a submarine is not the Enterprise ship and that underwater navigation has some practical limitations: the commander manages the ship as a drifting machine, which always keeps you in the chair.
The film also loses dialogue: uninspired and naive – considering how verbal communication is in the army. We think the first thing a captain would ask would be a damage report, not the crew’s condition. If the movie is pure propaganda but succeeds as a thriller, it still has a significant sin – it lacks credibility.