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All Critics (21)
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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...
It's a heartbreaking, troubling film about men whose lives were cruelly deprioritised and whose families remain ever altered as a result.
A competent, by-the-numbers action melodrama...
A sober and balanced film with potent claustrophobic tension. [Full Review in Spanish]
Thomas Vinterberg adapts one of the more controversial accounts of the tragedy, but strikes an even keel between humanising the doomed seamen and demonising the high command who left them to die.
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 film does a fine job in developing its characters (and the relationship between them) and creating 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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