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3.4 of 5 from 492 ratings
1h 57min
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Synopsis:
Deep under the Arctic Ocean, American submarine Captain Joe Glass (Gerard Butler) is on the hunt for a U.S. sub in distress, when he discovers a secret Russian coup is in the offing, threatening to dismantle the world order. With crew and country on the line, Captain Glass must now assemble an elite group of Navy SEAL's to rescue the kidnapped Russian president and sneak through enemy waters to stop WWIII.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Gerard Butler, Mark Gill, Toby Jaffe, Neal H. Moritz, Matthew O'Toole, Alan Siegel, John Thompson, Tucker Tooley, Les Weldon
Writers:
Arne Schmidt, Jamie Moss, George Wallace, Don Keith
Studio:
Lionsgate Films
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Drama, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
25/02/2019
Run Time:
117 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary with Director Donovan Marsh
  • Surface Tension: Declassifying 'Hunter Killer'
BBFC:
Release Date:
25/02/2019
Run Time:
121 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, Spanish
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing, Spanish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary with Director Donovan Marsh
  • Surface Tension: Declassifying 'Hunter Killer'
BBFC:
Release Date:
25/02/2019
Run Time:
121 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, Spanish
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing, Spanish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary with Director Donovan Marsh
  • Surface Tension: Declassifying 'Hunter Killer'

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Reviews (5) of Hunter Killer

Well-paced submarine thriller - Hunter Killer review by Alphaville

Spoiler Alert
23/03/2019

Do we really need another cold war submarine movie? The film is based on a 2012 book and adds nothing new to the genre. This time Gerard Butler is the captain, there’s skulduggery beneath the Arctic waves and his sub is sent in to find out what’s going on. You’ll get a laugh after five minutes when he’s hunting with bow and arrow in the high Bulgarian mountains and the caption says he’s in Scotland. All the usual tropes and chain-of-command technical dialogue is present and correct, as are the usual cgi shots of the sub skimming past the camera through murky waters. Will the Russian torpedoes sink Gerard? You get one guess.

A second even less interesting strand of plot has Gary Oldman playing a warmongering politician in Pentagon discussions about what to do. Two clichéd plots in one film not enough? Okay, let’s add in a rogue Russian general with weapons at his disposal. To say nothing of some happy-clapping at the end.

That said, this is a well-paced and never-boring film. Even the clichéd stuff has a cosy familiarity. If only Gerard wasn’t cooped up in his control room with nothing to do to flex his muscles, because there’s a third strand of plot involving a Black Ops raid on the general’s base, and this one does pack some excitement. Brit Toby Stephens is the leader but it should have been Gerard. As he’s also the film’s producer it was maybe too much for him. As he says on the DVD Xtras, that’s the part you’d expect him to play.

Overall the film gives a two-hour easy watch and the DVD Xtras are also worth catching. Gerard is always an enthusiastic interviewee and director Donovan Marsh delivers an interesting commentary for cinema buffs telling us how it was all done.

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Routine actioner - Hunter Killer review by KF

Spoiler Alert
15/06/2019

There's not much wrong with this film. It's fast paced, well acted and watchable. it's just that submarine warfare, nuclear threats, cold war, macho heroics etc is all, well, a bit passé. It needed some twists and some imagination to raise it a level.

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Action in all directions. - Hunter Killer review by PB

Spoiler Alert
16/07/2019

Hunter Killer provides a multi layered action film that delivers from start to finish.

There is a submarine layer, a spec ops layer and a geo political layer.

It is exciting, suspenseful, has great action, impressive and believable CGI and no unnecessary sub plots.

If you want a pacy, action movie that is visually impressive and well acted and directed, try Hunter Killer, I don't think you will be disappointed, I loved it.

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Critic review

Hunter Killer review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

Gerard Butler can be a suitable action actor for the right project. Throw him into a film with lots of battles, gunfire, and explosions and he’ll bring out that inner beast. But for the submarine action picture Hunter Killer, it seems like some ordered a vanilla Butler. No emotional responses, no gritting of his teeth, and no harsh shouting. This isn’t even a brooding Butler that holds a quiet dignity. Here he stands in a role that requires him to be calm and stoic with hardly a trace of emotion.

I can’t blame Butler though. Hunter Killer is a film that does so little for intrigue in its lukewarm attempt to replicate the tunnel-vision appeal of a Tom Clancy novel. He plays Captain Joe Glass, a man called in to help solve a tough political situation of Americans and Russians on the brink of starting a war with a missing submarine. Glass is just the man for the job considering his stick-to-the-script methods as opposed to feuding arguments between Rear Admiral John Fisk (Common) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Charles Donnegan (Gary Oldman) on how to proceed. Oldman thankfully brings some heated words to an otherwise dreary military drama, having the honor of declaring that those in charge have not only started a war but lost it as well.

It’s sad, really, that Butler never gets to break out into a similar bit of hysterics, perhaps out of fears of him replicating his more familiar persona from the likes of 300 or Olympus Has Fallen. But why would you do that? The Hunt for the Red October, an obvious inspiration, was more notable because of the compelling performances and the tense atmosphere. And since this type of story is never given all that much glamour past the basic-level blockbuster theatrics of an underwhelming epic score, shaky camera work, and coordinated dialogue, the actors really have to carry the picture. To be fair, Butler does have a certain leadership quality but it’s vastly understated here. Again, why? What is the point in trying to stage a submarine drama with such slow and snoozing dignity when there have been dozens of these types of pictures prior with little new?

This is a workhorse picture where trying to judge its appeal is like trying to judge the entertainment value of a pen. It performs more or less the way it was designed. It stages some submarine action with is serviceable. There’s political intrigue which does at the very least keep the plot moving at a progressive pace. There are some gunfights for an extraction, staged with little hints of great stunt work and grit. But aside from some solid special effects and camera work, there’s little else to be invested in.

Hunter Killer did have a theatrical debut but it’s yet another vanilla entry in the military action genre that will soon be wedged between other generic titles that will soon be forgotten. I’ll admit there is a competency to this type of film that does put the effort in the production to stage a believable tale of politics, submarines, soldiers, and combat. But like a fine looking car without any gas, it does little more than look pretty as it chugs along on fumes for energy.

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