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"Kursk" occasionally lands an emotive blow but only in its more fictionalized stretches, while it pulls its punches with the thorniest and most provocative elements of the real story...
A competent, by-the-numbers action melodrama...
Kursk is a captivating and heartbreaking look at how a government let its people down.
Moments of suspense are abound here, but not abundant.
It is a perfect reconstruction of a historical episode that is almost as current. [Full Review in Spanish]
On the mainland, the struggle of women, parents and children is also tense and intense. [Director Thomas] Vinterberg goes from one to the other, trying to give them the same weight. [Full review in Spanish]
Vinterberg returns to the aspect ratio of 4: 3 to tell us that his speech is over, that we have returned to the oppressive state to answer the questions. Smart move, bright but disturbing. [Full Review in Spanish]
Vinterberg's superb direction makes this a moving.
Does put a more realist slant on proceedings. But the clunky dialogue, clichéd relationships and characterisation of every character undermine all these efforts.
The claustrophobic brilliance of these scenes is undermined a little by the film's frequent journeys back to the surface, which though also effective, illustrates Kursk's main flaw - it doesn't always know what kind of film it wants to be.
...Kursk never reaches its full potential.
This film honours the victims and their families with its sincere depiction of events, but more importantly of the people affected by this avoidable tragedy.
The film does a fine job to develop its characters (and the relationship between them) and create a strong feel of claustrophobia (especially with a tense long take that makes us hold our breath), but it also loses focus in its second half with unnecessary melodrama and not a real payoff.
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