Review: “Black Sea.”

Black Sea is the perfect counterexample to when a cranky, older relative complains, “They don’t make movies like they used to anymore.” Profanity notwithstanding, director Kevin Macdonald and screenwriter Dennis Kelly follow the heist/adventure that was all the rage in the mid-twentieth century: they take a group of hardened, competent men, played with varied personalities by recognizable character actors, and give them one taxing hardship after another. Kelly’s script heightens the economy and tension by confining the action to one setting: a decrepit Soviet submarine. “Old-fashioned” is a more generous way to say “familiar,” so of course there are parts of Black Sea that are laughably predictable. But since Macdonald and his cast are so effective, they elevate the material (pun intended) until it is ruthlessly involving.

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