Black Sea 2015

Black Sea

Critics Consensus

Black Sea may not be particularly deep, but thanks to Kevin Macdonald's judicious direction and a magnetic performance from Jude Law, it remains an efficiently well-crafted thriller.

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Soon after losing his salvage job, former naval officer Robinson (Jude Law) assembles a misfit crew of unemployed sailors for a risky mission: Find a sunken Nazi U-boat, rumored to contain a fortune in gold. Promising each man an equal share, Robinson leads the mixed British and Russian crew to comb the depths of the Black Sea. Before long, greed takes hold of a crew already divided along language and cultural lines -- and the fewer men that make it back alive, the more gold to go around.

Cast & Crew

Jude Law
Robinson
Dennis Kelly
Screenwriter
Tessa Ross
Executive Producer
Teresa Moneo
Executive Producer
Merve Harzadin
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Jim Cochrane
Executive Producer
Christopher Ross
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Nick Palmer
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Critic Reviews for Black Sea

All Critics (137) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (109) | Rotten (28)

Audience Reviews for Black Sea

  • Mar 09, 2017
    The caper? Nazi gold on the bottom of the ocean. Nothing new there, but everything is done competently in this submarine treasure hunt, except for a couple of plot curiosities. Definitely fun, with a premium performance from Jude Law.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 20, 2016
    It's "Das Boot" -- but less hopeful.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 13, 2016
    I found this a great return to form for Law and Kevin McDonald. The storyline had a twist I couldn't get behind but the old money getting in the way of clear judgement never gets old. The entire cast is strong and delivers everything at the right moment. The ending that delivers beat to beat works well even when the usual conclusion occurs. Highlight of the weekend and one film I put off for way too long.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jul 20, 2016
    Black Sea won't rival too many of the famed submarine movie relics of years past. It's not as hectic as U-571 or anywhere close to as silly as Down Periscope or even remotely as boring as The Hunt for Red October, but Black Sea still offers a solid, though rudimentary, thriller that probably doesn't stick to its guns enough in the end. Firstly, Jude Law puts in a fantastic performance as the sub's captain. A man who feels he's been down on his luck in his personal life and his professional, we immediately get the feel of why he's so desperate to get a crew together and search for gold. Surely the movie wouldn't be made if we never did find the gold, but the writers never gave any hints of it actually not existing, so the mystery was never really there. The feints and misdirection weren't carried out with great skill either. From the moment the crew, half Russian and half English-speaking, step on board, there's an immediate clarity for the viewer of how things will play out, and Kevin Macdonald does nothing extraordinary to subvert those expectations. But the positives outweigh the negatives because of the dedication of said cast. I always marvel to see Ben Mendelsohn and Scoot McNairy back together again since Killing Me Softly. So while no punches are thrown at the audience to really push Black Sea over the top and make it memorable both in story and in writing, there are just enough harrowing moments that are executed to near perfection because of its committed cast. Though everyone plays to type, the offer at redemption near the end instead of a true dive into bleakness probably keep Black Sea in the conversation of run-of-the-mill instead of stand-out-sub movies.
    Lane Z Super Reviewer

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