Review: Kursk-The Last Mission
DVD & Blu-ray: Kursk-The Last Mission (2018)
Kursk: The Last Mission is a dramatisation of the 2000 K-141 Kursk submarine disaster, where Russian bureaucracy, failing technology, and a series of unfortunate accidents, all came together to claim the lives of 188 men.
I have to admit that before viewing, I knew nothing at all about the Kursk submarine disaster, and so can not comment on the historical accuracy of the events portrayed on screen. However, the very fact that it is based on true events adds an extra chilling layer to an already tension filled and heartbreaking experience.
Taking the time to allow the viewer to make emotional bonds with the main characters in their private lives at the beginning of the movie pays off when everyone is on the submarine and everything begins to go wrong.
Intercutting between the plight of the men on the Kursk, their families at home, and the Russian bureaucrats in their offices, makes for an interwoven narrative where all sides of the people involved are highlighted, and specifically the motivation for their different agendas.
I found myself gripping my seat on more than one occasion as the situation the men found themselves in began to worsen, and I lost count of the number of times I involuntarily held my breath during underwater scenes which were literally a matter of life and death for all involved.
Kursk: The Last Mission is a tension filled emotional rollercoaster that I hope doesn’t get overshadowed by more ‘mainstream’ and bigger budget movies.
Grab a few tissues, prepare to clench your fists, and then sit back and watch how the human spirit can survive even the toughest of times.
Kursk: The Last Mission will be released on 16th September 2019.
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