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Movie: K-19: The Widowmaker

Saturday 18 April at 10.45pm

K-19: The Widowmaker 

Cast: Liam Neeson, Harrison Ford, Peter Sarsgaard

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Inspired by a true story that was kept secret until the fall of communism, K-19: The Widowmaker is a tale of ordinary men who sacrifice everything for their shipmates and their country.

In 1961, at the height of the Cold War, an ill-prepared Russian nuclear missile submarine embarks on its maiden voyage with near-disastrous consequences.

When the sub's nuclear reactor malfunctions, Captain Alexei Vostrikov (Harrison Ford) makes some decisions that are unpopular with the crew. Tensions mount as radiation levels rise throughout the submarine and there is no respite in sight. If the sub explodes, it may cause an international incident as it may be mistaken as an attack on a nearby NATO base and an American Navy destroyer that is in the area. If the sub dives deep below the surface, perhaps the malfunction can be fixed, but the loss of some lives is then inevitable.

The Executive Officer, Mikhail Polenin (Liam Neeson), who formerly commanded the sub, can placate the crew, but must decide where his own loyalties lie.

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow (Blue Steel, Point Break), this thriller examines the Cold War from the Russian perspective, an uncommon point of view in American films.