MOVIE PREVIEWS
HUNTER KILLER
Rated: R
Release Date: 10/26/2018
Production Company: Summit Entertainment

Cast:
Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Common, Linda Cardellini, Toby Stephens and Michael Nyqvist (In his last starring role).

Crew:
Director: Donovan Marsh. Producers:
Gerard Butler, Mark Gill, Toby Jaffe, Daniel Kaslow, Gisella Marengo, Elena Melamed, Neal H. Moritz, Matthew O'Toole, Danielle Robinson, Alan Siegel, John Thompson, Tucker Tooley, Les Weldon and Suzie Shearer. Executive Producers: Christa Campbell, Jeffrey Greenstein, Lati Grobman, Samuel Hadida, Victor Hadida, Kevin King, Avi Lerner, Heidi Jo Markel, Christine Otal, Lonnie Ramati, Arme Schmidt and Kevin King Templeton. Screenwriters: Arme Schmidt and Jamie Moss. George Wallace and Don Keith (Authors Of The Novel: "Firing Point"). Cinematographer: Tom Marais.
Plot:
By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

Gerard Butler brings the same type of ultra-cool bravado and swagger he displayed in “Olympus Has Fallen,” “London Has Fallen” and even “Den of Thieves,” to his latest movie “Hunter Killer.”

Butler stars as Commander Joe Glass, the commanding officer of the USS Arkansas Hunter Killer class submarine.
Commander Glass and his elite crew have been tasked with investigating the attack of another American sub.

They soon discover a Russian coup is underway and now find themselves in the middle of an escalating war perpetrated by the rogue, Russian general Admiral Dmitri Durov, (Michael Gor, TV’s “Genius”). He’s kidnapped the Russian President (Alexander Diachenko).

Admiral Durov clearly has “short man” issues. He wants to be the center of attention and muscle his way to power and control over the world. His actions will come with a hefty price.

Initially, Commander Glass and his team aren’t aware of Admiral Durov’s crafty plan, but once they are, they are forced to use every tactic and resource available including capturing the top Russian leader Captain Andropov (The late Michael Nyqvist, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”). They use him against his own people. Fortunately, he has a sympathetic streak in him and agrees to cooperate with Commander Glass to try and prevent more mass destruction.

The majority of the action in “Hunter Killer” takes place primarily underwater, but there are also some exciting scenes on land as Special Forces Operatives led by Toby Stephens, (TV’s “Lost in Space”) stay on high tactical alert and skillfully take out the baddies.

However, even with Oscar winning Actor Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) who plays the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a solid effort by rapper Common (“The Hate You Give”) as an Admiral, “Hunter Killer” still doesn’t rise to the level of a deep-sea thriller like Sean Connery’s “The Hunt for Red October.”

“Hunter Killer” has a few moments here and there, but it takes a bit for the tension to build and the film to gel.
In some ways “Hunter Killer” plays like an extended compilation episode of TNT’s excellent drama, “The Last Ship,” although that show comes off much better in terms of well-developed characters and pure suspense.

“Hunter Killer” isn’t a bad movie, it’s just an average one which is a shame since it doesn’t utilize all the terrific actors on board.

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Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA), the Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC) and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.

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Brian's Song Title: Brian's Song
Year Released: 1971
Running Time: 90
Production Company: Screen Gems (Sony)
Director: Buzz Kulik
Director of Photography: Joseph F. Biroc
Screenwriter: Gale Sayers, Al Silverman and William Blinn
Author: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

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