Dang – this would have been perfect for my tribute to Submarine Movies last November!
Synopsis: Courageous Russian submariners learn the hard way that Soviet military technology wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.
Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Harrison Ford delivers one of his most power performances in this riveting action-drama inspired by a true story.”
What Did I Learn?: Sobbing uncontrollably during a dangerous situation may earn you the contempt of your colleagues, but damn – it’s a great way to get out of a suicide mission.
You Might Like This Movie If: you know that it's tough to roll your "R"'s the right way to sound like you're a native of Moscow.
Really?: 1) K*19 is based on a true story, so it’s hard to tell how much of this movie is fiction, but I had a hard time believing a second-in-command would question his captain’s orders right in front of the crew. 2) Um... holy shit, Harrison Ford has a shitty Russian accent.
Rating: If you can somehow block out Indiana Jones attempting to sound like Boris and Natasha, K*19: The Widowmaker is a compelling, and even haunting true-life story of a nuclear reactor meltdown aboard a Soviet sub at the height of the Cold War. 8/10 stars.