Sinking Review of ‘Hunter Killer’

It’s been a long time since we as an audience had an awesome submarine thriller film. Awesome movies like The Hunt for Red October, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and Crimson Tide. Now, with the release of the Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman film Hunter Killer, will we finally get that new awesome submarine-naval thriller?

No – and it is a shame.

Hunter Killer is a movie that is full of waisted potential. When the movie finally gets into its action set pieces it works. The unfortunately thing is that those action pieces take forever to get to, and between these set pieces is a jumbled mess of the most over-acted and under-acted scenes to come out this year. The dialog is abysmal, the acting is all over the place, the CGI is really bad, the script is full of potholes and none of the characters are likable.

Now, many are calling this a “dumb fun” 90’s/80’s cold war action flick. And when the action actually happens I am in full agreement. There are moments where I found myself holding my breath as torpedoes were being launched at different ships, and there are some fire fights that are as good as any other great action movie. It’s the bad writing and dialogue in-between that really sinks this film.

Butler does what Butler does best in this film. He eats up the screen while seeming like a bad-ass in the cheesiest ways possible. But that is what his film are. Movies like Geostorm and Olympus has Fallen, show that even in cheesiest action roles the man can shine. But how was academy award-winning actor Gary Oldman roped into this? And an even better question – why was he one of the worst characters in this movie? It’s because of the writing. There are many other characters, similar to Oldman’s, that do and say things constantly that make no logical sense. There are times when a Russian official speaks perfect English, then doesn’t speak English and relies on using hands to communicate, but magically can speak English again. So many of the “Russian” characters in this movie switch back and fourth between English, English with a Russian accent, and just Russian without any context. This can all be pinned on the writing. The writing in this movie is some of the worst I have ever witnessed.

If you haven’t guessed it by now I am not recommending you spend your hard earned cash on this movie – not in this economy. If you’re in the mood to enjoy the theater experience there are plenty of other films still playing that are more worth your time.

I’m giving Hunter Killer a 4/10. The only reason it gets those few points is because the action does work – sometimes.

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