Black Sea review by Michelle Sommerville - Cinema Paradiso
Black Sea is one of those films that takes you by surprise; in a good way, that is. If you can avoid watching the trailer - which, of course, reveals almost the entire plot - you are sure to enjoy the twists, turns, and character progressions. I give this film a solid three out of five stars, and commend it for its in-depth character study.
The film follows former Royal Navy Captain Robinson (played by Jude Law). Now a rogue submarine captain, he collects a crew, and sets out to recover a treasure from the Black Sea. Stuck inside the extremely close confines of the ship, and with a crew determined to do whatever it takes to get their money, they quickly turn on each other. Who will get the money, and will there be anyone left to spend it?
This is not the first film to highlight the greed in humanity, but it did it well. For a handful of people to turn on each other when they were already set to receive millions of dollars, it is ludicrous; but something people would do. The degradation of the characters and their relationships were realistic, and it will keep your attention throughout.
I had not heard of most of these actors before, with the obvious exception of Jude Law. The performances were all as good as each other, but no one delivered a stand-out performance.
In my limited filming experience and through research, let it be known just how difficult it is to film in such an enclosed space for any extended period of time. Director Kevin McDonald definitely earned his paycheque, capturing footage that not only tells the story, but is visually entertaining and exciting.
Not only is the physical filming strenuous, but finding creative ways to use the space is what really added to the appeal of this film. The audience is made to really feel the closeness and confines of the set, but are also not restricted in their view.
So far, critic and audience reviews have been predominately positive. Like me, the majority admired the performances, visual aesthetics, and general pace and content of the story. However, for those in the know, there were noticeable errors in realism. It’s not enough to ruin the film, but you would expect more research to have been done.
Overall, this is an interesting film that will keep you entertained for a couple of hours. Don’t expect it to win any major awards, but sit back and enjoy.