Movie Review - The Command (Kursk)
Matthias Schoenaerts (Red Sparrow and Far From the Madding Crowd) stars as Mikhail Averin, an officer in the Russian Navy. He's assigned to the Kursk, a large submarine that is being sent on a Naval exercise after years of not doing one. He has a pregnant wife and a son back at home. There's barely enough time to establish him as a good family man, a loving husband and playful father. He's also a very competent officer and sailor who takes command once his submarine sinks to the bottom of the Barents Sea. He has to hold his fellow sailors together and do what he can to keep them alive, while they wait for rescue.
Léa Seydoux (Spectre and Blue Is the Warmest Color) co-stars as Tanya Averin, the wife of Mikhail who is a leader in her own right. She leads the other wives and family members of the trapped sailors. She keeps getting stonewalled by the Russian government, but she doesn't give up or back down from demanding answers from the officials. Her love and desperation are on full display and she's pretty incredible too.
Vladmir Putin was president of Russia during this incident, but the film doesn't mention him specifically. Yet, this film couldn't be more critical of Putin's government, even if it tried.
Rated PG-13 for intense peril, disturbing images and brief strong language.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 57 mins.
Available on DVD and VOD.