Hunter Killer

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Much like the submarine in its story, Hunter Killer cruises the murky action depths, following a perfunctory course into territory that's been charted many times before.

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Deep under the Arctic Ocean, American submarine Captain Joe Glass (Gerard Butler, Olympus Has Fallen, 300) is on the hunt for a U.S. sub in distress when he discovers a secret Russian coup is in the offing, threatening to dismantle the world order. Captain Glass must now assemble an elite group of Navy SEALs to rescue the kidnapped Russian president and sneak through enemy waters to stop WWIII.

Cast

Gerard Butler
as Capt. Joe Glass
Gary Oldman
as CJCS Charles Donnegan
Common
as RA John Fisk
Michael Nyqvist
as Captain Sergi Andropoyov
Linda Cardellini
as Jayne Norquist
Toby Stephens
as Bill Beaman
Ryan McPartlin
as Matt Johnstone
Ethan Baird
as Sonar 3
Jacob Scipio
as Sonar 2
Henry Goodman
as Senator from Ilinois
Adam James
as Captain Forbes
Colin Stinton
as Senator from Iowa
Carter MacIntyre
as XO Brian Edwards
Shane Taylor
as TMC Turner
Mikey Collins
as Brickowski
David Gyasi
as Cob Wallach
Brian Kinney
as Officer on the Deck
Cosmo Jarvis
as Fathometer Operator
Michael Trucco
as Devin Hall
Zane Holtz
as Paul Martinelli
Alexander Diachenko
as President Zakarin
Ilia Volok
as Captain Vlade Sutrev
Michael Gor
as Admiral Dmitri Durov
Hristo Mitzkov
as Volkov Sonarman
Stefan Nikolaev Ivanov
as Volkov Captain
Caroline Goodall
as President Dover
Stuart Milligan
as Secretary of State
Theo Barklem-Biggs
as Seaman Mackinnon
Atanas Srebrev
as Russian Lt. Commander
Halima Nagori
as Senator in Whitehouse
Nathan Cooper
as Mess Crew
Debra Tammer
as Colonel Lieutenant
Michael Hoad
as Submarine Guard
Jake Mann
as Sonar Operator
Nadia Townsend
as Pentagon Staff
Dino Fazzani
as Andropov Guard
Solomon B Taiwo
as Pentagon Staff
Lee Asquith-Coe
as Lt. Cmdr Schumacher
Paul A Munday
as Dock Worker
Stephen McDade
as Pub Landlord
Stephanie Pezolano
as Pentagon Staff (White House Aid)
Bradley Crees
as McKittrick
Vitas LeBas
as Submarine Sonar #6
Richard Hills Jr.
as Medic Jones
Niall D. O'Loughlin
as Naval Lieutenant
Richard Hills Jr.
as Medic Jones
Michael On
as T-Silver
Dor Yerushalmi
as Mess Hall Officer
Joseph Allen
as Submarine Extra #2
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Critic Reviews for Hunter Killer

All Critics (110) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (40) | Rotten (70)

  • Once all this starts coming together, Hunter Killer is absorbing, even if Marsh and his screenwriters never pretend to be half as interested in their characters as they are in the submarines.

    October 31, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's nice to spend a couple of hours in a fictional world where we don't have to worry about the American president doing something ruinously idiotic and evil. It plays like a nostalgic fairy tale.

    October 29, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Splitting the difference between scenes of Navy SEAL rescue attempts, underwater evasive maneuvers and your own countdown clock toward an incipient nap, Hunter Killer feels both generic and underheated.

    October 26, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • All the actors are sunk by playing caricatures prone to spitting out leaden, often unintentionally humorous dialogue.

    October 26, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Butler's performance-or lack thereof-keeps Hunter Killer from breaking any ground in the field of war movies.

    October 26, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The Tom Clancy-Lite plot is disposable and dated... and the action, when it does arrive, is quiet enough to send the most insomnia-plagued of audiences to sleep.

    October 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hunter Killer

  • Jul 28, 2020
    Hunter Killer is an odd film. The film has little to recommend it and it's a shame when you consider the cast. The pacing is very slow and at times, needlessly tiresome. The filmmaker struggles with story beats and the overall plot has so many holes it's tough to watch. Butler is serviceable and is quite good in the thankless lead role. If Butler wasn't so watchable he would've fallen to VOD years ago. Oldman phones his performance in and it's odd seeing a gifted actor take on a one dimensional role. I had expected this might be a guilty pleasure but that wasn't the case. Flawed and not a very good thriller. 25/07/2020
    Brendan O Super Reviewer
  • Aug 04, 2019
    A rote B-movie, Hunter Killer is a fairly entertaining yet mediocre action film. When a US submarine is sunk in Russian waters while conducting an exercise an emergency mission is launched to investigate and discovers that a rogue element in the Russian military is attempting to cease power and start a war. Starring Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Common, and Linda Cardellini, the film has a solid cast; however, their performances are rather weak. The writing isn't very good either, as the plot is pretty outlandish and the dialog is kind of cheesy. And the CGI, though not bad, really sticks out and doesn't blend well with the live-action scenes. Still, there are some exciting and intense action sequences. Hunter Killer has its moments, but it's too ambitious for its own good.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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