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Black Sea (15)

Adventure, Thriller

In order to make good with his former employers, a submarine captain takes a job with a shadowy backer to search the depths of the Black Sea for a submarine rumored to be loaded with gold.

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The critical consensus

Macdonald’s thriller tries to channel everything from Das Boot to The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, but never finds its sea legs.

**(*)(*)(*)Ian Mantgani, The Skinny, 01/12/2014

Director Kevin Macdonald creates some great scenes of subaquatic tension, but Law’s Aberdonian accent makes Groundskeeper Willie sound authentic.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 30/11/2014

Though it perhaps inevitably lives in the shadow of some subgenre masterpieces, Black Sea is a superbly shot men-on-a-mission thriller with chest-tightening tension and a striking contemporary resonance.

****(*)Nev Pierce, Empire Online, 01/12/2014

Verdict: Submarine thriller without depth.

**(*)(*)(*)Brian Viner, Daily Mail, 05/12/2014

Even the impoverished find it tough to resist the capitalist scourge.

David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 04/12/2014

A film that is very strong on atmosphere becomes increasingly far-fetched the deeper the submarine sinks.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 04/12/2014

Black Sea is well–crafted and handled with reliable professionalism by its Oscar–winning director.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, The List, 05/12/2014

Black Sea may not be a groundbreaking drama, but it’s an effective genre thriller that grapples with real world issues and offers another interesting challenge for Law – accent and all.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 06/12/2014

It’s impressively ambitious and Law is convincing. Such a daft story, however, would have worked better as a straightforward romp.

**(*)(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Sunday Express, 07/12/2014

While it may not rival the films to which it alludes, this remains a convincingly muscular genre piece with plenty of dramatic clout.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 07/12/2014

Black Sea may not be subtle, but it is certainly entertaining.

****(*)Patrick Harley, TVBomb, 05/12/2014

Features about Black Sea (15)

Interview: Kevin MacDonald talks Black Sea

Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 30/11/2014

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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