The Widowmaker

I finally watched K-19: The Widowmaker.  It was a lot better than I thought it would be.  I did not realize, until I watched the credits, that it was directed by Kathryn Bigelow of The Hurt Locker fame.  I must say, she’s got talent.

The Widowmaker is about a Russian nuclear submarine during the cold war.  The two main officers, played by Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson, struggle between their feelings of duty to their crew and their motherland.

Apparently the story was inspired by true events, but it was a story that could not be told for years, since the crew were sworn to secrecy.

The movie made me realize, once again, that I would never want to be on a submarine, let alone one carrying nuclear weapons.  No thanks, comrade!

I heard criticisms of Ford’s Russian accent, but it was actually quite good.  It was subtle, but there, unlike Neeson’s.  And after all, Ford is half Russian.

I would recommend K-19: The Widowmaker–it’s an interesting look at the cold war era, without going into the politics on the other side.  I admire that about Bigelow–she’s able to focus on how something would affect the men on the ground (or under the water) without making the story about whether or not they’re “on the right side.”