K-19: The Widowmaker Reviews
While the film deals with serious issues based on fact, its emotional tone is too solemn. All hands aboard K-19 seem to have deluded themselves into believing that they're making an American Das Boot.
'K-19' isn't a movie that will necessarily charge up the kind of audience that embraces the overblown plot gimmicks of 'The Sum of All Fears' or the stylized paranoia of 'The Bourne Identity', but Bigelow makes 'K-19' an effective and moving thriller.
Apart from its exhaustingly repetitive attention to the contrasting Ford and Neeson characters, the movie has virtually no interest in the secondary and tertiary characters whose heroism, jitters, sacrifice and suffering are at the heart of the story.
What could have been a movie packed with historical significance and nail-gnawing underwater tension ends up little more than a lumbering public-service announcement for the human spirit.