K-19: The Widowmaker

k19I’ll admit, I’ve only seen this film once, back when it was in theaters twelve years ago. But I do remember it fondly.

Essentially, it’s a disaster film on a nuclear submarine, with a gruff commander (Harrison Ford) and a by-the-book nuclear engineer (Liam Neeson) who are at odds for most of the film, as they take the new submarine through its paces in the Arctic Ocean. This true-life story tells one of those stories where the US and USSR got dangerously close to war, even though no one knew about it at the time.

The tense sequences wherein sailors have to enter the reactor compartment to effect repairs while taking lethal doses of radiation are the best in the film. The captain’s pleas to his crew to help him save the ship from disaster so as not to accidentally foment World War III work effectively. Though I doubt that a meltdown of the ship’s reactor would actually detonate their store of nuclear tipped missiles, but this is a Hollywood film, after all. Science takes a backseat to drama!

This film isn’t of the caliber of The Hunt for Red October or Crimson Tide, but it’s a nifty little film nonetheless.

So, Liam Neeson was in K-19: The Widowmaker with Harrison Ford. Harrison Ford was in…

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