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K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)

PG-13 140 minutes

Directed by Karthryn Bigelow
Written by Chris Kyle, Louis Nowra, William Broyles Jr.

Starring
 · Harrison Ford
 · Liam Neeson


Review by The Gnome (Billy Dal Porto)

There are few words to describe this amazing piece of work. I hate to sound too melodramatic, but it gets to me to see true dedication and responsiblity. This movie glorifies both virtues beautifully. This is not your normal testosterone-pumped submarine movie. It is drenched in heart, and it plays on your emotions harshly. I must say that I was very thrown off by the preview. If you come to see this movie for its action content, you may be disappointed to find a very different form of entertainment.

 

Smarts

 
 75%

From the get-go, the movie lays out its cards and makes sure you understand the seriousness of the situation faced by the communists with a chilling and cryptic message of the past. The Cold War is the main focus of this movie. It doesn't tease your mind too much, but it has wonderful camera work and is brilliantly acted. I would not be surprised to see this one walking away with an Oscar or two. The script is superb, and the pace is right on cue. The one thing that the film loses points for is the rapid change Harrison Ford's character goes through. I believe he did the best he could with a role like this, and it was by far some of his best work. However, you never seem to get settled into his character too well as he changes every few scenes. Luckily, the filmmakers make sure you see the exact point: a real change is endured.

 

Popcorn

 
 90%

Heartwrenching. It is absolutely a film that gives you a shock, a scare, and forces you to swell with pity. It has enough action to suffice an average moviegoer, while also supplying enough feeling to push this into a Best Picture contender. Harrison Ford, regardless of the aforementioned fault, has proven himself one of the true legends of acting once again, Liam Neeson achieves an immensley higher status, and Kathryn Bigelow might give quite a few directors a run for their money. It is arguable that the goal of every great film is to make the audience feel everything the characters feel. They easily accomplished this goal.

 

Final

If you see any films this year, make sure this is among them. It is a true work of art, and it doesn't lose your attention by becoming a dull heartbreaker. The story keeps you on the edge of your seat, the emotion brings you to the verge of tears, and the characters make you believe in heroes. I'm glad I paid to see this film, because it honestly deserves every cent.


428 Words Published: 20 July 2002

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