Black Sea Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Black Sea

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Coarse language, themes and violence.

  • The pitch:

    Dark waters.

  • Starring:

    Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Scoot McNairy, Tobias Menzies, David Threlfall, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Michael Smiley, Karl Davies, Konstantin Khabenskiy, Daniel Ryan

  • Directed by:

    Kevin Macdonald

  • Running time:

    114 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    People are stabbed, scalded, thrown to the ground, grabbed, knocked unconscious, drowned, bludgeoned, held at gunpoint. Objects smashed, burned. Fire, explosions, cracked glass, leaking vessel. Images of Hitler, Stalin, swastikas, nuclear submarines, missiles, explosions. Suicide, cannibalism, killing, eating your liver mentioned. Yelling, arguing, screaming. Submarine collision. Blood/gore: Dead bodies, skeletons. Bloody heads/faces/wounds/clothing, blood spatter. Charred flesh. Object protruding from flesh.


    Shirtless men. Family in swimwear. Tattoo of nude female figure. Thinking about sex, virginity mentioned.


    Prescription pills consumed. Alcohol (beer, spirits, hip flask). Smoking. Pub setting. Anti-depressants, gambling problem, drug overdose (pills) mentioned.


    F-words, s-words, a-words, bastard. Name-calling. Slang for genitals and bodily fluids. Derogatory term for women. Religious exclamations.


    Marine salvage, teamwork, rivalry, submariners, sonar, greed, murder, redundancy, job loss, suicide, money, superstition, pregnancy, betrayal, piracy, diving, lying, vengeance, grudges, class warfare.


    Job loss, CPR, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, estranged wife/son, dead colleagues/friends. Cancer, claustrophobia, emphysema mentioned. Pub, underwater settings. Dog, seagulls. Spitting, vomiting. Some Russian language (subtitles, translation).


    Engrossing, claustrophobic, effective, satisfying, tense, enjoyable, enthralling, low-key, watchable. Intermittently gripping, superbly shot, strong sense of dread/danger, flawed/relatable characters, excellent supporting cast, assured performances, chest-tightening tension, striking contemporary resonance, old-fashioned storytelling, outstanding production design, action sequence near the end is ambitious/magnificent.


    Illogical, almost-terrific. Clichéd/predictable subplots, heavy use of stereotypes, Jude Law's Scottish accent is distracting/unconvincing, uninspired direction, some ideas/conclusions/scenes make no sense.

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