HUNTER KILLER (18)
It's slim-pickings for new release at the cinema this week, but Gerard Butler submarine flick, Hunter Killer is here. It sees a grizzly sub commander lead some Navy SEALs in a daring mission to Russia. There are a couple of timely Halloween movies, too, in the shape of slasher Hell Fest and serial killer thriller, Summer of 84.
With a possible eye on the current uneasy relationship between the US of A and Russia, Hollywood serves up a bombastic slice of make-believe aggro between the two countries in Hunter Killer. Gerard Butler (300, London Has Fallen) plays Joe Glass – a wet behind the ears US submarine commander who’s sent to investigate a lost American vessel that was last seen in the waters of the Arctic. Suspicions suggest that the Russians may have blown it to bits with torpedoes, but there’s slightly more, erm, depth to it. Like what? Up on the surface the Americans quickly realise that a) they’re completely outgunned by warships and all manner of artillery sat on the coast and b) the Russian president has been kidnapped and a full-scale war is about to be triggered by one of his ministers. Yikes. The twist that you’ll spot a mile away is that the US military must then delve deep into enemy territory to rescue the captured leader in order to prevent a nuclear winter. It’s all very much action-movie-by-numbers as missiles fill the skies and oceans and very loud explosions come ripping through the speakers, with little else in between. The only real surprise is that they somehow managed to bag Academy Award winning actor, Gary Oldman (Batman: The Dark Knight and Darkest Hour) to star as the scene-stealing war strategist Admiral Charles Donnegan. Still, Hunter Killer is genuinely entertaining, if not fairly predictable. It’s the perfect weekend movie with mates.
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