TIFF 2018 Review: KURSK (Belgium/Luxembourg 2018) ****

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2018. Go to TIFF 2018 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

Kursk Poster

The film follows the 2000 K-141 Kursk submarine disaster and the governmental negligence that followed. As the sailors fight for survival, their families desperately battle political obstacles and impossible odds to save them.


Robert Rodat

KURSK follows the true story of the August 2000 sinking of the Russian submarine KURSK and the international effort made to save her survivors.  The film benefits from well respected director Vinterberg working with scriptwriter Robert Rodat who wrote SAVING PRIVATE RYAN with stars Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts as Russian Navy Officer Mikhael LKalekov,  Léa Seydoux, Colin Firth and Max Von Sydow.  

The film’s claustrophobic scenes especially the cramped quarters flooded with water are harrowing to watch.  One cannot help but feel as well as admire these men who would give up their all for their country.  But is Russia willing to do her all for these sailors?   The wives are kept in the dark as to what is happening.  Surprisingly, the film’s best scene is the naval conference where the wives attack the naval authorities for doing nothing. 

 The film’s production sets and the explosion scenes are incredibly realistic making KURSK a totally emotional suspenseful drama of the highest level.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xExzwSc4_eQ

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