In celebration of this fine movie, BLACK SEA, our friends at Entertainment One Australia have given us copies to giveaway #wootwoot. We all loved this movie at Salty and now you have the chance to own your own copy and due to its limited release actually get to see it. It will be available at all home entertainment outlets or online for Digital.
BLACK SEA IS OUT ON DVD, BLU-RAY AND DIGITAL AUGUST 12
ORIGINAL REVIEW FROM 5/4/15…………..
Submarine movies, easily my favourite genre, I love that claustrophobic adrenaline knowing that wrong moves equal death, perfectly matched with that occasional sonar ping of pending doom. Also enjoy the dark, gritty filmmaking and imagined stench of body odour and salt mixed together. It is a toss up for me but I do think DAS BOAT comes in at number one of all time with THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER behind it. BLACK SEA marks the next to be entered into the canon of sub movies and I was so saddened that they set the media screening for this movie on the same night I was watching one of my favourite singers, Paolo m ,, perform. Luck came shining Kernel Morgan’s way and she reviews this fine movie for you (I will be watching it release night, this Thursday 9th). I will also have you know this is the first movie she has ever awarded a perfect five pops to.
BLACK SEA is releasing from Entertainment One Australia, runs for 115mins and is rated M – also astoundingly I can find no record on any of the major cinema chain websites of this releasing – I can however find it scheduled on Dendy and Palace websites – that this is appears to only have an art-house release shocks me! Now enjoy Kernel Morgan’s review and get out and watch it……..all the best…….JK.
BY MORGAN BELL
BLACK SEA is a surprising emotional landmine of a film. This is Jude Law’s most raw and stripped back performance as the ship’s pilot Captain Robinson. Ben Mendelsohn plays an expert diver and agitator, Fraser. It is directed by Kevin Macdonald (THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, and HOW I LIVE MY LIFE). On the face of it this is a film about a rag-tag bunch of misfits forming a submarine crew on the hunt for lost gold. At its core BLACK SEA is about misery, despair, and desperation in these economic times, in these corrupt corporate politics, and in the real scary depths of the great unknown: the human brain under stress.
The film is a philosophical tussle of trying to figure out who the enemy is. For Captain Robinson is it the exploitative employer who callously lets him go with basically no severance pay in the opening scene; is it the rich man that replaced him as a husband and father; is it his crew-mates who choose money over egalitarian ethos; or is it the plot twist character behind the ultimate betrayal and deception? Each of these players are aspects of Captain Robinson’s mind, the mind of a man who is fed up and will do anything to make a point.
Like Captain Ahab chasing the white whale in MOBY DICK “He piled upon the whale’s white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down; and then, as if his chest had been a mortar, he burst his hot heart’s shell upon it” or Captain Picard refusing to fall back against the Borg in STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT “We’ve made too many compromises already; too many retreats. They invade our space and we fall back. They assimilate entire worlds and we fall back. Not again. The line must be drawn here! This far, no further! And I will make them pay for what they’ve done!” Law’s Captain Robinson simmers to a boil as the crew are picked off by circumstances one by one. The radio is shot out. There are no escape-suits. Ninety metres down the rabbit hole, on the folds of the black ocean floor, between Crimea and Turkey, Captain Robinson will not give up on the idea that the can-do attitude of the working class can overcome the rich and powerful against all odds. At the climax of excruciatingly suspenseful locked-room psychological thriller, eighteen year old homeless boy Tobin cries out “We just want to live now! Can’t we just live!”
This is exhilarating modern cinema. The film is one long metaphor for declining mental health of the stomped-on working class. It can also be viewed as a straight-up action-adventure with a solid story arc and clever ending. The tension is real on every level.
If you are an analytical viewer it is a delight to recognise where the script is littered with little markers of forecasting and contrasting. The vessel that holds the rumoured gold is a WW2 submarine, the gold itself an alleged payoff from Stalin to Hitler, a reference to a time of high economic and political strain that ended in disaster.
The vessel is lodged on the crest of a series of shallow ridges, a natural phenomena that forms over time with the shifting of the mass of sea water pressing it down, undercurrents forming hills and valleys. One of the first turning points occurs when Fraser (Mendelsohn) and Tobin (Schofield) are trudging across the sea floor in complete blackness in deep sea diving suits trying to figure out if they are in the bottom or the top of a ridge. Peaks and troughs – just like human spirit, luck, will, wealth, happiness – deformations and restoring forces. The imagery is striking.
The claustraphobic in-fighting and distrust between the men in the mismatched crew is reminiscent of ALIEN and ALIENS. There is a token corporate shill, unreliable equipment, and a rapidly deteriorating ship. They are running out of time. They are running out of oxygen. A terrifying prospect that infuses anxiety like GRAVITY. The expanse of the black ocean in very similar to the expanse of space. Enough space to wonder is the threat within, is the enemy yourself?
With special thanks to eOneANZto win one of the 3X Blu Rays of BLACK SEA you need to either like and share/ retweet this post on Facebook/Twitter/ Google+/ Pinterest/ LinkedIn/ Flipboard or Instagram (all the links to follow us are on the top right of homepage), you then need to leave a comment below stating the answer/s to the following questions:
What is your favourite WATER movie and why? This is any movie set on or near the water, so so so so many to choose from. I will obviously go with TITANIC and closely followed by THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE – but then there is also THE GUARDIAN (loved it), THE PERFECT STORM, WATERWORLD.
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Prizes will no longer be awarded to first in first served. It will now be a game of skill and selected purely on the thoughts of the judges, said judges being the Salty Kernels.
The prizes will be sent on or after August 15th! Good luck! Oh, and minor housekeeping – huge apologies for overseas readers, this competition is only available to Australian residents.
Kernel Morgan is an author of short fiction, an anthology editor, and a technical writer. Her debut collection was SNIGGERLESS BOUNDULATIONS. She enjoys scowling at children and bursting bubbles. She can be tweeted and stalked at @queenboxi.