Friday, July 24, 2015

[Movie] Gold in deep 'Black Sea'

Unremarkable title, but interesting trailer. I'm very fond of the 'Pandorum' film, and this one seems very similar. I never understood why 'Pandorum' got such a low rating. The same goes for this movie. Apparently everyone thought thriller movie should be something surreal, other-worldly, or downright incomprehensible. It doesn't have to be that way you know.

Just like 'Pandorum' where the story took place in space, 'Black Sea' also already established from its trailer where the event would take place. Which is inside of a submarine, deep under the Black Sea. So where's the thrill here when we already know what would happen? Incapacious space surrounded by testosterone 24/7, somebody is bound to snap and go crazy, right?

But then again, why did they all go down there anyway? The film was starred by Jude Law, Konstantin Khabensky, Scoot McNairy, David Threlfall, Ben Mendelsohn, Bobby Schofield, Karl Davies, Grigory Dobrygin, Sergey Puskepalis, Michael Smiley, Tobias Menzies, and others. At any rate, 12 of them are going deep under sea.

The story began when Captain Robinson (Jude Law) got laid off from his under-sea salvage job. Modern day now have rendered his services obsolete, nowadays people rely on degree certificate instead of decades of experiences. Good thing he was recently divorced, so he wouldn't have a wife to nag at him.

Like all newly laid-off worker, he spend his time drinking with friends, Blackie (Konstantin Khabensky) and Kurstin (Daniel Ryan). Kurstin told him about a salvage job. Gold bars, from a sunken old German U-Boat. Interested, Captain Robinson agree to do the plundering-  I mean salvaging, with the help of an unknown backer introduced by Kurstin.

So Robinson and Blackie gathered skilled crews for their little adventure, but oddly enough, Kurstin didn't join them. It was later when a young man named Tobin (Bobby Schofield) appeared in front of his house, he was informed that Kurstin had committed suicide. Kurstin was suffering some sort of depression, but Robinson didn't expect him to commit suicide when he had told Robinson about the deep sea treasure.

A little bit distraught, Robinson still continue with the plundering plan, taking Tobin along because with Kurstin untimely demise, he was short one crew. They have to plunder that sunken submarine real quick because they got Russian Navy to worry about. Oh, in case you are wondering is it OK to plunder a sunken ship, well.. In maritime law regarding salvaging, 'finders keeper, loser weepers'.

So why Captain Robinson and his crews gotta worry about the authorities? Its because of one exception in the maritime law of salvaging, plundering a foreign navy's vessel is against the international law. And the gold Captain Robinson and crews are going for, are within the wreckage of a German warship. As far the authorities concern, the U-Boat might be packing some heavy ordinances that could be misused if fallen to the wrong hands.

With half of his crews being British, and the other half being Russian, communication became a little bit tricky. Good thing Blackie can speak English and Russian too. And Captain Robinson needed his Russian crews because they were diving using an old Russian Foxfort-class submarine.

Everything went from bad to worse, as the crews kept fighting with each other. They all got a little bit paranoid because they all understood more than anyone else regarding their occupational hazards. Anything could go wrong, and deep on the ocean floor, wrong usually means death. The British crews afraid that the Russians might kill them and grabbed all the gold for themselves, and vice-versa.

Well, you know how it is. Murphy's law, 'whatever can goes wrong, will go wrong'. And wrong did it go. The aging submarine they were riding in got into a little accidental explosion, in the engine room. Ok, it wasn't little accident at all. Blackie died in the explosion, many injured, and the submarine was dead in the water.

Can it get even worse? Of course it can. We haven't got to the part about the authorities yet. And yes, it was later revealed, that everybody wanted the gold, and its not just Captain Robinson and the crews. Cold and slow death down in the sea, and hungry jackals and vultures up on the surface.

The movie wasn't bad, but wasn't great either. Enjoyable, but I like 'Pandorum' better. I have yet to see a movie that can top 'Pandorum' claustrophobic-thriller thing.


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