Hunter Killer keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Captain Joe Glass (Gerard Butler) is put in charge of a top secret mission to rescue any soldiers who survived after a nuclear sub goes missing just on the edge of Russian territory. But things aren’t what they seem. At the suggestion of a member of the NSA, RA John Fisk (Common) sends in a SEAL team to get eyes on what’s going on in the area. Then all hell breaks loose. A rogue Russian military officer kidnaps the Russian President and sets about to start World War Three. And it’s up to Captain Glass and his men on the sub as well as the SEAL team to rescue the Russian President and avert a war.
This movie was based on the book “Firing Point” by George Wallace and Don Keith and feels very much like a John Clancy novel. The action is pivotal to the plot as viewers hold their breath as life and death decisions are made which leave the characters in peril. The title, Hunter Killer, is the name of the class of submarine, not necessarily a plot point.
Butler serves as executive producer on this project and held on to the script for years until the tensions rose again with Russia, making this story more plausible. He also spent about three weeks on a US Navy nuclear class submarine, with the director observing the training and running simulations in order to make the story more realistic. The movie highlights the often frightening and tense situations on a “floating tin can”.
Gerard Butler is good as Captain Glass but it’s the other characters who shine brighter. Michael Nyquist plays a Russian submarine captain who must work with Butler in order to avert a world war. Common’s character remains calm in the face of verbal abuse from his commanding officer, yet keeps silent and ends up being right. No “I told you so’s needed.”
Fans of military and action movies will really enjoy Hunter Killer. The big screen only immerses the viewers deeper into the action. The best part though is the hope you leave the theater with…maybe some people will do what is right, putting not only their lives on the line but their careers in order to make the world safe. And we need to know in these times more than any other that people make a difference.
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