The Command (Kursk)


The Command (Kursk)

Critics Consensus

The Command plumbs the depths of real-life disaster to tell an uneven yet reasonably diverting story of lives caught between bureaucracy and certain doom.



Total Count: 43


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Based on the story of the 2000 Kursk submarine disaster, Kursk follows the final hours of an "unsinkable" Russian nuclear submarine as it sinks to the bottom of the Barents Sea. Some of the crew survives the initial explosion, including officer Mikhail Kalekov (Matthias Schoenaerts), whose pregnant wife (Lea Seydoux) and child are waiting back home. Unfortunately, their rescue is complicated by bureaucracy between Russia, France, Norway and Britain, with British navy chief David Russell (Colin Firth) attempting to convince Russian officials to accept foreign aid.

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Léa Seydoux
as Tanya Kalekov
Colin Firth
as David Russell
Matthias Schoenaerts
as Mikhail Kalekov
Steven Waddington
as Graham Mann
Max von Sydow
as Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin
Peter Simonischek
as Admiral Vyacheslav Grudzinsky
August Diehl
as Anton Markov
Bjarne Henriksen
as Russian Rescue Ship Captain
Magnus Millang
as Oleg Lebedev
Helene Reingaard Neumann
as Wife of Anton Markov
Martin Brambach
as Captain Gennady Shirokov
Peter Plaugborg
as Alexander Grekov
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Critic Reviews for The Command (Kursk)

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (11)

  • [T]his is a punchy and poignant piece of film-making from Vinterberg.

    Jul 13, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Thomas Vinterberg reconstructs the K-141 Kursk submarine disaster but throws in a few too many gimmicks.

    Jul 10, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Thomas Vinterberg, usually so good at stripping his characters down to their barest states, doesn't feel like a good fit for the material.

    Jul 5, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Even when it occasionally falters, it is polished, heartbreaking, and worthy of attention.

    Jun 21, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

    Top Critic
  • Mostly though, this is a solidly gripping and at times heartbreaking study of ordinary guys, out on the water trying to support their families, while knowing deep down... that any given voyage is likely to be their last.

    Jun 20, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The fine cast keeps us engaged, even if the film sometimes loses the narrative thread.

    Jun 20, 2019 | Full Review…

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