DVD Review: Black Sea
Jude Law isn’t on any of my awesome actors lists. I could take or leave him. He’s just ok, not someone I’d make a decision on to watch a film for. However in Black Sea he is the driving force that carry the story along, in a deep sea drama that seems to have both edge of your seats thrills along with a great character driven story.
Law plays the roles Capt. Robinson, a veteran submariner who is laid off by his employer, Agora. A little while later whilst drinking with an old buddy and wondering what to do with his life, he hears rumours of a Nazi submarine, loaded with tens of millions’ worth of gold bars, lying sunken off the Georgian coast. Of course, he needs the help of one of his old bosses at Agora, and an investor.
Once the money is all set. Robinson has to find a crew to man the old Russian submarine, meaning he has to take half from a group of guys he knows (but doesn’t necessarily trust) and half unknown Russians (because they are the only ones who can run the sub). This of course causes problems between the old lines of east vs west.
But distrust is everywhere, and when you’re planning a heist of sorts, right under the nose of the Russian navy, you can’t exactly hire the most above board fellas for your crew.
There are more than just one member of the team however that has anterior motives, and predictably things go wrong and the team is placed in peril many times. Black Sea whilst being firmly a thriller, borders on time as a minor survival horror, but with thrills and believable characters running the show.
The instability of the crew eventually forces Robinson to make some tough choices and the film wraps up with a surprise ending, and then almost ruins the whole experience by tacking on a final scene.