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Hunter Killer

Rated R 121 minutes 2018

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Hunter Killer is like a remake of The Hunt for Red October directed by a Michael Bay wannabe who can’t even be bothered to rise to the level of giving-a-crap-if-only-in-an-awful-propagandistic-way. Newly promoted U.S. Navy sub captain Joe Glass (Gerard Butler and his grimace) is a badass renegade patriot to whom the rules don’t apply, as you might expect. Meanwhile, Russian president Definitely Not Putin (Alexander Diachenko), who is clearly a loser, has been coup’ed over by a military minister (Michael Gor) who wants to start WWIII. But never fear! Glass will rescue the Russian president on his own soil, from his most heavily-guarded naval base. America roolz! Everybody else droolz! Bad FX, painful dialogue and a scenery-chewing Gary Oldman as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff round out the cheese. The only noticeable reaction this terrible excuse for a tense political action thriller provokes—apart from extreme boredom punctuated by moments of laugh-out-loud ridicule—is a strong desire to watch Red October again, so as to remind oneself what real submarine suspense feels like.

Film Credits

Director: Donovan Marsh

Producer: Neal H. Moritz, Toby Jaffe, Gerard Butler, Alan Siegel, Tucker Tooley, Mark Gill, John Thompson, Matt O'Toole, Les Weldon, Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, Yariv Lerner, Douglas Urbanski, Lati Grobman, Christa Campbell, Arne L. Schmidt, Ryan Kavanaugh, Ken Halsband, Kevin King and Christine Otal

Cast: Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Common, Michael Nyqvist, Linda Cardellini, Zane Holtz, Caroline Goodall, Alexander Diachenko, Michael Gor, Yuri Kolokolnikov, Toby Stephens and Taylor Smith

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