I haven’t done one of these for a while, mainly because it is extremely rare for anything to attract my attention, let alone hold it on the screen.
I picked this up for a fiver yesterday, mainly because it starred two actors I like who are rarely recognised for their versatile acting ability. Gary Oldman finally got a well deserved oscar for his portrayal of Churchill in Darkest Hour, and Gerard Butler is your action hero with a dry sense of humour who can also sing (Phantom of the Opera).
Anyway, the story revolves around submarines, the Russians, Special Forces, and no lovey-doveiness, but if you’re thinking a remake of Hunt for Red October, think again.
There are four storylines in this which all neatly amalgamate when a Russian president is kidnapped and a tyrant takes over. Underwater, a Russian submarine explodes and a US submarine rescues the two survivors.
The SAS were on land and roped in to rescue the President, whereas meanwhile in the US Operations Centre panic was rising because things had gone belly up and there was a potential for War.
This had me gripped in my seat, something I have not experienced for a considerable time.
It might seem odd not seeing Gerard Butler smashing someone’s face in as in both Olympus and London Have Fallen and Gary Oldman still has presence on screen as a Commander trying to hold things together. Definitely worth another look tonight and likely to become a firm favourite in our collection.