The Command (Kursk)

2019

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.

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Total Count: 32

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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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Cast

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 (32) | Top Critics (8)

  • Even when it occasionally falters, it is polished, heartbreaking, and worthy of attention.

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

    Rex Reed

    Observer
    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…
  • Ultimately, though, the film founders simply because it's dangerously low on dramatic fuel.

    Jun 18, 2019 | Rating: C | Full Review…

    Mike D'Angelo

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Does put a more realist slant on proceedings. But the clunky dialogue, clichéd relationships and characterisation of every character undermine all these efforts.

    Sep 20, 2018 | Full Review…
  • "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...

    Sep 13, 2018 | Full Review…

    Jessica Kiang

    Variety
    Top Critic

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