to see this movie with my Grandpa. He thought I was asleep
during some of it. He kept looking at me funny; I didnít
know if I was supposed to look back or what. My dad says I
look asleep when I'm at the movies, too. I guess Iím just a
lounger at the theatre.
K19: The Widowmaker is a full-fledged adrenaline
rush full of mystery, hope, and drama. It captures the true
story in such a way that is indefinable. It uses classic
shots mixed with new-age special effects to keep the time
period realistic, yet technically advanced. It sent me
through some sort of denial, as I think it will others; this
movie creates tension leading you to pull for the Russians.
Yet half-way through I remembered that I am an American, I
caught myself pulling for the enemies. K19 captures
you on so many levels, but does have unmistakable flaws. It
is well worth seeing, but not a fabulous representation of a
classic submarine film.
This entertaining film is nothing short of heart-stopping.
K19: The Widowmaker is about a Russian submarine commanded
by Harrison Ford. When they first set off, everything is
going absolutely fine, even though the first-timer sub men
are acting somewhat apprehensive. But as they drift into the
North Sea, problems hit. The reactor
in the ship is crazily overheating, sometimes up to 900
degrees, leading nuclear radiation from their weapons on
board to emit. The captain sends men in to cool the reactor
down with their water supply, but the water only remotely
works and every crew member to come out of the reactor is
scalded from the heat and exposed to nuclear radiation. Will
a miracle save them or will they have to ask for help from
the opposing country, the
question is for you to find out upon seeing this epic war
Russians don't slip in and out of their accents! It's
instinctive...they always consistently maintain them.
Harrison Ford's wannnabe Russian accent was one of the
little flaws in this intrepid adventure. He would use a kind
of half-assed fake voice. At some points it even got to be
bothersome! If these so-called Russians are speaking in
English than why should they be using accents? With a
submarine full of nothing but Russians why aren't they
speaking their native and first language, Russian? I don't
know. At times this made absolutely no difference to my
enjoyment level, and at sometimes it was unbearable; the
point is it added no effect whatsoever. Why did they try to
make this less real than it already was?
you watch this movie with a bare eye you are not able to see
the tremendous special effects. All of the scenes when there
are aerial shots of the submarine in the ocean, the special
effects are most realistically done. Iím not completely
sure, but I think that they posed the submarine on a
blue/green screen and completely painted the ocean (from
another photo) in. If this is the case, and it looks like it
is, judging by the enormous budget of 100 million
(information from the-numbers.com),
I would like to complement the crew for the wonderful
effects have made.
movie was rated PG-13 for disturbing images. This criterion
fits it straight on the head. In some ways the images were
more brutal than Black Hawk Down. The film shows men from
the Navy coming out of a 900 degree reactor burned a bruise,
spitting up green slime. Iím not taking off points for this,
because this helped keep the movie realistic. Iím just
saying that if you have a bad stomach and donít want have
men vomit straight into your face, donít see this movie.
The Widowmaker was a highly entertaining experience. It
looked very true to the story, though I wouldnít know.
Harrison Ford was great as the Captain; accepting his
mediocre Russian accent was done to the best of his ability.
Even though liking this film will vary simply by tastes, it
is worth a try (just be aware of the occasional gore). Go to
see the matinee showing of this film, you wonít be
disappointed. For me, The Widowmaker was a definite score!