Black Sea (2014)
You can always get me to watch movies that take place in claustrophobic locations, and underwater settings are perfect for tense, well-acted thrillers. So, without getting my hopes up too much, I did look forward to seeing how this subacquatic heist drama would play out.
If anything, Black Sea is a neat vehicle for Jude Law to showcase his rough edges, which he first demonstrated in Road to Perdition. He is aided by Ben Mendelsohn (underutilized, in my opinion) and a range of Russian and British actors with beards and strong accents. Together, they try their best to make up for a mediocre screenplay that lacks finesse and originality.
In search of Nazi gold that lies hidden in a submarine, the men don’t waste any time going at each other’s throats hundreds of meters below the surface to determine their levels of compensation — with predictably disastrous consequences. Needless to say, Black Sea is a very traditionally “masculine” movie in an entirely masculine environment, where risk, greed and violence dominate. Shame it didn’t try to do anything new with the intriguing parameters it started out with.