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Black Sea - Trailer And Clips

With jobs for submarine operators steadily beginning to dwindle, an entire sea crew find themselves without jobs. Captain Robinson (Jude Law) has been so committed to the job for so long, that the rest of the world has moved on without him. With his family gone, Robison is turned on to the reports of a Nazi U-boat abandoned at the bottom of the Black Sea. After assembling a crew of half British and half Russian sailors, they set of in search of the gold stash - a stash which will be shared equally amongst them, making them all multi-millionaires. But when the idea starts to circulate that fewer men mean larger shares, the bleak isolation leads to horror and greed, with no possibility of escape.

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'Black Sea' Takes Its Place In The Sub Genre

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Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald has taken on one of cinema's trickiest genres with his new thriller 'Black Sea', a submarine movie starring Jude Law as a unemployed ship-builder who hires a mercenary crew to salvage a stash of Nazi gold lost in Russian waters. 

Jude Law uncovers secret Nazi gold
Jude Law uncovers a stash of hidden Nazi gold

Submarine movies are a tricky proposition mainly because of the necessity of working within seriously claustrophobic sets that provide little help for audiences who haven't a clue what all these dials and gauges mean. Not to mention the fact that there is so little scope for a change of scenery. So Macdonald's film centres on the growing tension between the shifty crewmates as they create a mini Cold War in the deep, dark recesses of the 'Black Sea'.

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Wait, Is Jude Law's 'Black Sea' The Best British Movie of 2014?

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Do we have a late entrant for best British movie of 2014? We're not actually running a competition - the BAFTA's sort of are, and Black Sea might win. On the face of it (of from the trailer), Kevin Macdonald's movie appears to be a formulaic adventure thriller. Sort of Das Boot-lite. And the makers managed to club together to pay Jude Law, for the posters.

Jude LawJude Law plays an Aberdeenshire submarine captain in Black Sea

Law plays a rogue submarine captain who pulls together a misfit crew to go after Nazi treasure on-board a sunken U-Boat at the depths of the Black Sea. However, as greed and desperation begins to set in on the team's claustrophobic vessel, the men turn on each other and begin fighting for their own survival. It's brilliant. 

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Black Sea Review


While this submarine adventure starts out as a brainy thriller with superior production design, it eventually gives in to the demands of the genre: silly plotting and corny melodrama. Screenwriter Dennis Kelly never remotely tries to sell the two big events that cause considerable mayhem for everyone on-screen, so both feel sudden and contrived. At least the cast is sharp enough that the audience is willing to go with it.

It opens in recession-gripped Scotland. After being sacked from the steelworks, Robinson (Jude Law) teams up with fellow unemployed pal Blackie (Konstantin Khabenskiy) to reclaim their dignity by salvaging Nazi gold from a sunken sub in the Black Sea. With finance arranged by Daniels (Scoot McNairy), they assemble a team of Brits and Russians who immediately start re-enacting the Cold War in the rusty Soviet-vintage submarine they'll be using for their heist. Crewmates include a psycho diver (Ben Mendelsohn), a wheezy veteran (David Threlfall) and an 18-year-old (Bobby Schofield) with nothing better to do. But as they skulk along beneath the Russian Fleet, tempers flare and threaten to undermine their mission. Getting their hands on the gold is one thing; making it home alive might be even trickier.

Director Kevin Macdonald keeps the film fast-paced and tense, as the biggest peril this crew faces is in the fiery interaction between themselves. Arguments, paranoia and mistrust lead to violence, which in turn causes a series of problems that threaten the lives of everyone on board the submarine. Frankly, this seems rather far-fetched for a team of supposedly elite mercenaries who know that they need to look out for each other if they have any hope of accomplishing the mission. And with some major plot twists along the way, the story begins to feel like a collection of increasingly implausible obstacles these resourceful men need to overcome.

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Picture - Jude Law and Kevin MacDonald... London United Kingdom, Friday 21st November 2014

Jude Law and Kevin Macdonald - Celebrities at the BBC Radio 2 Studios at BBC Portland Place - London, United Kingdom - Friday 21st November 2014

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Jude Law and Kevin MacDonald
Jude Law and Kevin MacDonald
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Jude Law

A Week In Movies: Big Films Hit Britain, New York Premieres For Hanks And The Coens, Statham Fights Back

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James McAvoy in Filth

Two big British films hit UK cinemas this week. After storming the Scottish box office last weekend and garnering rave reviews across the board, Filth arrives in the rest of the country this week. Based on the novel by Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting), the Edinburgh black comedy stars  in a career-redefining role as a deeply nasty cop. Read our 'Filth' review here.

Meanwhile, Saoirse Ronan stars in the introspective thriller How I Live Now, set in a present-day Britain that's engulfed in war. Opening in the UK this weekend and in America next month, the film is directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), and the cast includes rising stars George MacKay (Hunky Dory) and Tom Holland (The Impossible). We gave the film 4/5 you can read the 'How I Live Now' review here.

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'How I Live Now': Saoirse Ronan's Dystopian Movie Is Too Dark For America [Trailer]

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We've been teased by trailers, posters, promo shots and Bat For Lashes soundtrack songs for some months but now it's time to ratchet up the excitement for new Kevin Macdonald movie How I Live Now one last time before it's UK release in just two days (4th October).

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Saoirse Ronan Plays Daisy, A Teenager Visiting From New York.

One glance of the trailer and it's immediately apparent that this isn't your average teen romance but what the trailer doesn't accurately convey is how dark the movie becomes. A jangly indie soundtrack, a moody American Saorsie Ronan rocking up in the English countryside, some teens smooching in a barn; the trailer barely skims the surface of the war-torn desolation the sun-streaked meadows dissolve into.

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'How I Live Now': Natasha Khan Movie Soundtrack 'Garden Heart' Released [Video]

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Bat For Lashes' Natasha Khan and music producer Jon Hopkins have joined their creative forces to bring the official soundtrack song for upcoming war thriller, How I Live Now. Jon Hopkins had been working on the Kevin Macdonald-directed film's soundtrack when he decided to invite the exquisite vocals of Khan.

With an opening akin to The Stone Roses' 'I Wanna Be Adored,' the track is built around a softly thrumming bassline; a beating heart-style rhythm that keeps pace whilst Khan's ever-ethereal, mournful vocals sing of being "far away" from someone.

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Saoirse Ronan Stars in World War III Adaptation 'How I Live Now' [Trailer]

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Meg Rosoff's Printz Award-winning book, ‘How I Live Now’ has all the ingredients for a great film adaptation: romance, war, an academy award nominated leading actress (Saoirse Ronan) and The Last King of Scotland‘s Kevin Macdonald directing.

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What’s more, the book has a dedicated fan base; in addition to the 2005 Printz Award, it also attracted attention in England, winning the 2004 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and being shortlisted for the Orange Prize.

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How I Live Now Trailer

Saoirse Ronan stars in 'How I Live Now', a gripping adaptation of the prize winning novel of the same name by Meg Rosoff. Despite being defined as a children's or young adult's book, the adaptation portrays the horrific and damaging effect  war causes on human relationships and the effect it has on an individual, captivating a much wider demographic. 

What starts out as a romanticised coming-of-age, feel good film between two lovers takes a dramatic turn when war breaks out in a remote country village in England where lead character Daisy is visiting. Her recently found love with Edmond is unexpectedly tested when they are forced to part. The couple love is put to the test as they are unsure if they will ever be reunited.

The film stars Saoirse (The Lovely Bones, Hanna) as Daisy and George MacKay (Defiance, Peter Pan) as Edmond and is directed by Academy Award winning Director: Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland, One Day in September).

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Picture - Kevin MacDonald , Sunday 10th February 2013

Kevin Macdonald The 2013 EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Opera House - Arrivals Featuring: Kevin MacDonald Where: London, United Kingdom When: 10 Feb 2013

Marley Trailer

Acclaimed director Kevin Macdonald presents a documentary about Bob Marley, through the eyes of his close friends and family, which is sure to interest both fans and non-fans alike.

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Life In A Day Trailer

Life In A Day is a new take on the docu-film, though the film was directed by Kevin Macdonald, the footage was shot by thousands of different people from all over the world, who all wanted to contribute their personal stories to make it part of this film. All of the chosen recorders of footage are credited as co-directors.

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