Submarine thrillers have entertained us in the past, and Black Sea from Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald will be something new to watch out for. To reinvigorate the genre Macdonald ventured into the Black Sea looking for gold. The movie is not a period film; it is set in the present day scenario. Jude Law is a veteran submarine captain specializing in saving Marines will be thrown out of the job with a meagre check. Looking for work, he bounces into his former colleague who lures him to take up the assignment of finding gold on a Nazi submarine buried deep in the black sea that reportedly carried gold to an estimated $40 million dollars.
The lead character Jude Law (Robinson) now takes the help of a shrewd financier Scoot McNairy (Robinson) to buy an old submarine in the Crimea and organizes the crew, Russians, and Englishmen. The men include Konstantin Khabenskiy (Night Watch Sequel), Michael Smiley (Kill List), David Threlfall (Shameless), Grigoriy Dobrygin (A Most Wanted Man), Ben Mendelsohn, an expert diver but also psychotic, Bobby Schofield, a teenager and much more in the cast.
The screenplay was written by Dennis Kelly of Broadway musical fame Matilda. The script is straight, and the characters are chosen appropriately to meet the requirement of the script. The shore life had Jodie Whittaker playing the ex-wife of Law. But the character did not make an impact. The sets of the claustrophobic and rusty submarine are an interesting addition. The sets held only the interiors of the sub while the exteriors were shot on a real Russian submarine. The roles of Smiley, Schofield, Dobrygin and Khabenskiy are worth a watch. The best piece of work comes from Ben Mendelsohn, who plays an unstable character, where he turns from a psycho to hero in a minute, showing variation in his character. The movie is watchable but not to the extent of nail biting.