Who saved the world? The But­ler did it

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

Dono­van Marsh (Avenged) Ger­ard But­ler, Gary Old­man, Com­mon, Michael Nyqvist, Linda Cardellini

you’ve got a big, dumb ac­tion movie to make, and no lead­ing man to front the blasted thing.

Mark Wahlberg wants too much money. Ja­son Statham is just too busy. So who you gonna call?

Ger­ard But­ler, that’s who. The burly surly Brit of 300, Olym­pus Has Fallen and Geostorm fame has al­ways been ev­ery­one’s third choice when it comes to two-bit pack­ages of ex­plo­sions, ex­e­cu­tions and ex­ple­tives.

But­ler al­most al­ways gets the job done, if only for his proven abil­ity to keep a straight face when the go­ing gets bent and stays that way.

So it goes for Hunter Killer, a supremely stoo-pid un­der­wa­ter thriller in which But­ler plays Joe Glass, a mav­er­ick US sub­ma­rine cap­tain whose narky nous some­how steers the planet away from a head-on col­li­sion with World War III.

Square of jaw, hard of head and com­pletely bereft of per­son­al­ity, Glass is the kind of guy who just won’t crack un­der any kind of pres­sure.

That’s him pout­ing at radar screens and coolly bark­ing or­ders at ner­vous, sweaty min­ions from be­neath an ice­berg in Rus­sian-con­trolled wa­ters.

Mean­while, above ground, the Russkies are mid­ways through a regime over­throw that could trig­ger nu­clear fire­works.

Make no mis­take, this is one kooky, kooky coup. The Rus­sian army has lured the Pres­i­dent out of Moscow to a coastal hide­out con­ve­niently lo­cated within lis­ten­ing and look­ing dis­tance for the Amer­i­cans.

This Rus­sian Pres­i­dent is no Vladimir Putin, and re­mains com­pletely obliv­i­ous to his gen­er­als’ ob­vi­ous in­ter­est in seiz­ing power un­til they shoot all of his se­cu­rity de­tail.

Be­fore you can say “sui­cide mission”, it be­comes the job of Glass and his team to res­cue the roughed-up and rat­tled Rus­sian Prez, and re­store him to the top job.

Just so we don’t get too claus­tro­pho­bic af­ter be­ing cooped up in­side a crowded sub­ma­rine for too long, there are reg­u­lar cut­aways back to Wash­ing­ton DC, where Amer­ica’s mil­i­tary elite are los­ing their lunch over Glass’s un­ortho­dox de­ci­sion-mak­ing tech­niques.

It all makes no sense what­so­ever, but Hunter Killer may pos­si­bly make your day if mad­cap mind­less es­capism is what you re­ally need.

GLOBAL WARN­ING: Joe Glass (played by Ger­ard But­ler, left) keeps an eye on things in Hunter Killer.

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