Black Sea

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(2014) ★★★

Sky Movies Premiere: PREMIERE Friday 18 September, 4pm and 8pm

Laid off with a shrug and paid off with a pittance, Scottish salvage boat skipper Jude Law sits embittered in the pub: “I lost my family to this job.” And he won’t get them back down at the Job Centre. But rumours of a wartime U-boat sitting on the seabed in disputed Georgian waters prompts him to assemble a scrapheap crew of Brits and Russians – the story goes Stalin stuffed this sub with gold bars to appease Hitler. Equal shares for all, promises Law. Ben Mendelsohn thinks this is a bad idea; men will kill to cut the odds on a pay out.

Setting sail from Sevastopol in a barnacled Soviet-era tub, a ship of fools dreaming of gold. After graduating from brilliant documentaries (One Day in September and Touching the Void) to bracing fiction (State of Play and Centurion) via the ‘real-life’ drama of The Last King of Scotland, director Kevin Macdonald cranks up the claustrophobic tension on a cramped and creaky sub lit ominously from below with hellish reds and seasickly greens. “This wreck’s going to sink,” says Scoot McNairy, unmindful of the way submarines actually work.

Side-scraping suspense is assured in such a set-up, and violence is not long in breaking out among the combustible crew. Brutal and grungy enough to qualify as a non-supernatural cousin to the heavy-metal salvage horror Ghost Ship, Black Sea’s gripping gallows humour falters only in a couple of character arc inconsistencies. As the waters get choppier and the crew gets stroppier, Mendelsohn and Law seem to swap personalties. A sentimental postscript reeks of script tinkering, too.

Certificate: 15

Duration: 110min

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