Hunter Killer Reviews
American submarine Captain Joe Glass (Gerard Butler) is on the hunt for a U.S. sub in distress in the Arctic Ocean. When the crew discovers a secret Russian military coup erupting, the United States send in secret ops to free the kidnapped Russian President (Alexander Diachenko). Suddenly, Glass faces a new mission: rescue the team of Navy SEALS and the Russian President and get them safely onboard the submarine in order to stop World War III.
The plot may be far-fetched, but the movie isn‚(TM)t dumb. The story feels a little dated and generic, but the film is engaging. Plagued early on by bored performances from Butler and the supporting cast (including Gary Oldman, Common, and Linda Cardellini), the film picks up steam as the action sequences deliver. Some of the underwater submarine special effects are laughable, but none of these criticisms matter.
This is an entertaining, intense, basic action film that‚(TM)ll likely be brutally reviewed by critics who feel they are too good for solid popcorn entertainment like this. If you‚(TM)re a fan of movies like ‚The Hunt for Red October‚? and ‚Crimson Tide,‚? you‚(TM)ll enjoy this one too.
A SCREEN ZEALOTS REVIEW
To be fair, the plot is bonkers. It focuses on a complex yet under-explained military overthrowing which, even upon conclusion, leaves some gaps for you to guess at. It's a little bit cliche, but the inclusion of the submarine gives the story some variety. It's harder to relate to than a more traditional war film, but the oceanic action is more than impressive enough to make up for the normal scenes of gunfire and bombs.
Oldman is always impressive. Butler is fairly believable. Common is out of place. The rest of the cast and crew (literally) don't make too much of a flash.
Unless you have a truly hardened heart against classical military drama, you will enjoy Hunter Killer. If you have any interest in submarines, you will enjoy Hunter Killer. I do not expect to hear it's name during Oscar season, but it is certainly worth seeing.
I am not sure who reviews movies for the rotten tomato? Their reviews tend to be the opposite for me. The audiences score is normally a better indication.