HUNTER KILLER (MA15+) Up periscope, down ex­pec­ta­tions, US, 114 min

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Got a big dumb ac­tion movie to make? Mark Wahlberg and Jason Statham not tak­ing your calls? Shoot Ger­ard But­ler a text. The burly surly Brit of Olym­pus Has Fallen and Geostorm fame has al­ways been ev­ery­one’s third choice for a two-bit pack­age 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. So it goes for this supremely stoo-pid un­der­wa­ter thriller, in which But­ler plays a mav­er­ick US sub­ma­rine cap­tain whose narky nous some­how steers the planet away from World War 3. That’s him pout­ing at radar screens and bark­ing or­ders from be­neath an ice­berg in Rus­sian-con­trolled wa­ters. Mean­while above ground, the Russkis are mid­ways through a mil­i­tary coup that could ig­nite nu­clear fire­works un­less But­ler and crew can res­cue a roughed-up Rus­sian pres­i­dent and re­store him to power. It all makes no sense whatsoever, but may pos­si­bly make your day if mad­cap mind­less es­capism is what you re­ally need.

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