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True Cold War story surfaces

“K-19 The Widowmaker” is an empowering, suspenseful film with two actors who portray those traits with their reputations to back them up. It has a “U-571” feel, in the sense of when things couldn’t get worse, something blows up. This is a definite movie turn-off for myself, but the overall movie’s political standpoint in the Soviet Union more than makes up for it.

Harrison Ford plays an old submarine captain who has been assigned by the Soviet Union to test nuclear missile submarines where Liam Neeson, the former captain, is now under his control.

Throughout the movie, the ship’s crew works hard to prevent a terrible nuclear disaster that could mean war for the Soviet Union, while Ford and Neeson engage in a battle of wills. The realism of the film was less than perfect, but the fact that they didn’t entirely rely on special effects was a relief. And in addition to starring in the film, Ford co-produced, along with the movie’s director, Kathryn Bigelow.



With the story by Louis Nowar, I’d say this movie resurfaced a hit, rather than sunk a failure.

“K-19 The Widowmaker” is rated pg-13 (disturbing images). It’s in video stores now.




Tyler Edward Zweigle, 15, Nevada Union High School.


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