K-19: The Widowmaker

We watched the new Harrison Ford movie K-19: The Widowmaker last night. K-19 is about the disasterous initial sea voyage of the first Soviet ballistic missile nuclear submarine and the conflicts between its captain (Harrison Ford) and first officer (Liam Neeson). Supposedly "inspired by a true story", K-19's tale would have better been served by a straight documentary rather than this overly long and slow Hollywood version. None of the actors sound Russian and Harrison Ford is terribly miscast as Captain Alexei Vostrikov. Apparently, the personal conflict in the movie between the capitan and his XO did not occur in reality and it ends up just slowing the story down further. We saw mutiny on a submarine in Crimson Tide, and there was no need to repeat it for K-19. On the positive side for the movie were the scenes of the crew bravely entering the reactor room to jury-rig a coolant flow for the overheating nuclear reactor. They suffered horrific radiation sickness due to their actions, but they did avert a disaster. For the real story, see the National Geographic K-19 website.

Comments

Jack Sprucinski (01-01-1970 12:33)

Unlike the review above, being a former US SS sailer, the sub aspects and the tensions listed were considered an enhancment to the movie. What concerns me is the falsehood that the movie states of a reactor, Russian or US could undergo a thermonuclear reaction. The trailer has that an MIT consultant was used, if so he sould have his credientials pulled. This is not a reality and if there was an attempt to ensure a correct attention to details this should have been caught.