Hostile Waters

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"We were seconds from death and we didn't know it."
  • PG
  • 1997
  • 1 hr 35 min
  • 6.3  (1,588)

Hostile Waters is a thriller movie released in 1997 with acclaimed actors like Rutger Hauer, Martin Sheen, Max von Sydow, Colm Feore, and Rob Campbell. The film is directed by David Drury and written by Troy Kennedy-Martin, based on a true story that happened in 1986. The story centers around the crew of a Soviet Union submarine, K-219, that is equipped with nuclear missiles. The crew is commanded by Captain Tupolev (Max von Sydow), and is on a secret mission in the Atlantic Ocean. Unfortunately, the mission is not smooth sailing as the submarine experiences a malfunction, resulting in a leak of radioactive material. The crew is forced to make a hostile move that threatens the United States with a possible nuclear war.

On the other side of the ocean, the US Navy is monitoring the movements of the K-219 submarine. One of the Navy's surveillance submarines, called "USS Augusta," detects the accident and decides to investigate. Captain Britanov (Rutger Hauer) leads the Russian crew, while Commander Michael Wisdom (Martin Sheen) is in charge of the American ship.

As the events unfold, tensions escalate between the Russian and American crews. Captain Britanov tries to negotiate with Commander Wisdom, but the latter does not trust him. In the meantime, a group of Soviet officials pushes Tupolev to prepare for a nuclear attack, which could lead to World War III.

Hostile Waters is an engaging movie that recreates the tension and drama of the cold war period. The performances by the cast are exceptional. Max von Sydow's portrayal of the stern and authoritarian Captain Tupolev is remarkable. Rutger Hauer also delivers a nuanced performance as Captain Britanov, who is torn between his duty and loyalty towards his country.

In terms of technical aspects, the movie is well-crafted. The scenes inside the submarine are claustrophobic and intense. The sound design and score by Richard Hartley add to the overall suspense and tension of the movie.

The movie also explores the theme of communication breakdown and the consequences of not being able to understand one another. The language barrier between the two crews is a critical factor that exacerbates the already strained relations between them. The film shows that despite the efforts to establish a dialogue, the cultural and ideological differences still exist, making it difficult to reach a peaceful solution.

Overall, Hostile Waters is a gripping movie that will keep audiences engaged until the end. It is a tense thriller, based on a true story, with a talented cast and excellent technical aspects. The movie offers a glimpse of the cold war period and the dangers of nuclear arms race. The story is a sobering reminder of the potential catastrophic consequences that can arise from misunderstandings and miscommunications between nations.

Hostile Waters is a 1997 tv movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 35 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.3.

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    6.3  (1,588)