Hunter Killer

Hunter Killer

DVD - 2019
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An untested American submarine captain teams with US Navy SEALs to rescue the Russian president, who has been kidnapped by a rogue general.
Publisher: [Universal City, CA] : Lionsgate, 2019
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 121 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Edition: Widescreen ed
Performers: Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Common, Linda Cardellini.
Audience: MPAA rating: R
Language Note: English or Spanish dialogue; Spanish subtitles; English subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH)
UPC: 031398298069
Call Number: DVD H

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Deep under the Arctic Ocean, an American submarine Captain (Gerard Butler) is on the hunt for a U.S. sub in distress when he discovers a secret Russian coup is in the offing, threatening to dismantle the world order.


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rugolin
Jul 08, 2019

I thought I saw two movies inside the two hours. The first hour is a 2 star kind of clunky Red October lite movie and the second hour is a solid 3 star on the edge of your seat straight up action thriller. That last hour has so many elements going on such as a little bit of Where the Eagles Dare,The Enemy Below,Ice Station Zebra,Run Silent,Run Deep and classic 60s Star Trek episodes(eg Balance of Terror) which mirrored the geopolitics of real life. Hunter Killer was a enjoyable but purely preposterous 1960s Cold War B movie put into a Post Cold War time frame and I appreciated the action scenes were actually understandable and not hypereditted and choppy to the point of incoherence.

The second part of the movie is very similar to a real life event during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis when Russian commander Vasili Arkhipov who's judgement call inside a sub saved a majority of humanity. He overruled other commanders inside a carbon dioxide saturated,120 degree interior temp. ship being hit with signal depth charges who were screaming to launch a nuclear missile at the US Navy which would have started Armageddon. His calm and collected manner calmed the crew down and stopped the launch of the missile allowing them to surface and find out what was actually happening not what they thought was happening. Maybe someday they will make a movie about the man who saved the world.

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LESeymour
Jun 26, 2019

I was sad that the content of the film was, well, bland. The timing was off. The action starts LATE in the film. It has a resolution to the problem that is, in my opinion, nonsense. Only in an idealistic world would this happen.

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tj_is_cool
Jun 11, 2019

Quite entertaining but most parts of the movie are not realistic.

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jimg2000
Jun 06, 2019

Rotten Tomatoes panned the film that "Hunter Killer cruises the murky action depths, following a perfunctory course into territory that's been charted many times before." I have seen a couple of Submarine war films before but this one has two exciting vectors, the sub and the seals. Also, the decisions made by the sub's captain, Gerard Butler, are extreme cliffhangers. Excellent production sets, big naval battle scenes and very entertaining despite of the complexity of the plot and a large number of actors. The audience will find some characters to cheer for.

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V57
Jun 02, 2019

Forget the critics as they take the movie too seriously. This is a great popcorn movie...action, well-paced and entertaining.

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Mindster
Jun 01, 2019

I really enjoyed this movie. I don't usually go for submarine movies but was impressed with this one.

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GiovanniS
May 26, 2019

This was a really over-the-top fun action movie. Mikhail Gorevoy portrayed a caricature of real villain and commands a presence on the screen that is also feels a bit of a joke at the same time. Had two different story threads with the Submarine and the ground troops whose mission changed dramatically. It's just a fun crazy movie that has a dark comedy aspect to it that looks like it is poking fun at the American and Russian military.

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Ephriam
May 26, 2019

Found it slightly entertaining with a lot of parts that seem to drag on. The one part of the movie that I actually thought was done good was at the end when the American and the Russian shook hands. They did not salute each other. I found this to have a really deep meaning.

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Phoenix222
May 08, 2019

Good movie...

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nidus
May 06, 2019

This is a very entertaining movie. I am amazed at all the work and talent it must take to get just about everything right. Some of the reviews say "don't watch this -- Red October Is better." Well, duh, we've all seen Red October and the other sub movies. So don't consider the naysayers. Just sit back for a couple of hours and enjoy a great action flic.

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jimg2000
Jun 06, 2019

***Some spoilers, for reference after viewing the film***

Well, they've just been given a two-day pass, sir. They'll be impossible to find.
-Impossible? Tell me something, XO. How many pubs are there in Faslane?
Two.
-Then let's devise a radical plan. You look in one and I'll look in the other.
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The Russian president is simply posturing, pounding his chest.
-He's embarrassed us in Syria. He continues to defy us in Crimea. Are we going to let him to dominate us in the Baltic? And what next, Europe?
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Joe Glass? Where the hell did you find him? What class was he?
-Never went to Annapolis, sir.

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jimg2000
Jun 06, 2019

I've worked your jobs. Manned a sonar, been the Bull Nuke, I've cleaned torpedo tubes. If you think I know you better than your previous officers, you're right. I've been underwater all my life. I've missed five elections, seven Super Bowls, my sister's wedding, and my father's death. This is all I know down here. I am you.
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I can do some of your jobs better than you. I won't. Your jobs, but they're my responsibility.
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Beaman ain't one to hold back on his emotions. And he's got all three: irritation, anger, and rage.
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I appreciate the gesture, Cob, but I can't take your coin. I don't think I'm gonna be buying anybody a drink on this trip.
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If I have to say everything twice, we're not going to make it.
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Ever seen a blast signature like this, XO?
-Until today, I hadn't seen any torpedoed submarines.
You're not seeing one here. Look at the skin of the hull...

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jimg2000
Jun 06, 2019

They don't deserve a rescue.
-They were following somebody's orders, Reed.
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Look, nobody's following the playbook. We don't know what's going on up top.
The only people who might have a clue are down there on that ocean floor.
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Hey, boss, what's your sitrep?
-Got some heavy ordnance down there. They're loading destroyers. Pulling up to a tin can right now.
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I'm your Minister of Defense, and I intend to defend our interests and our country from any threat, inside or out. Even those from a weak leader.
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We let them gain a tactical advantage now, no one's ever going to remember
who threw the first punch.
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Nav, stay as close as you can to the rocks without scraping the paint.
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Acoustic-detonating mines. How are we supposed to get past those?===

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jimg2000
Jun 06, 2019

Miss Norquist, this sounds like excellent analysis for a history book, but we won't be the ones writing that book, unless we respond now!
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Sir, that fjord is mined, it's covered in sensors and sonar fields. No matter how many precautions we take, it won't be enough to get us through undetected.
-You're right, XO. That's why we need a local navigator.
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I am no traitor.
-No. I'm not saying you are a traitor. The traitor is the man who blew up your sub.
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We're not enemies, we're brothers. Who else understands what it is we go through? The isolation, the fear. Riding for months inside a bomb scraping at the bottom of the ocean. But it's what we are. It's what we do.
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All due respect, sir. You just keep leading, let us do the worrying.
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Captain... This is absurd! The arrogance of this, for you to bring him in here! You will be court-martialed!
-Then it's my job to keep you alive long enough, so you can testify.

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jimg2000
Jun 06, 2019

XO, what's better, to be right or to be alive?
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Who are you?
- Search and Rescue. Off the grid. Three ghosts.
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There aren't too many training simulations for this one.
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Captain, I'm picking up a faint 300 MHz tonal. Heavy screw beat.
-Is it domestic?
No, sir. Sounds like an auxiliary. It's on the surface.
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It'll be a minute for the blast circle to die down. If we can't hear her, sir, she can't hear us.
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We're gonna lie on the bottom like a catfish.
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You didn't just start a war... you just lost one too,
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You came back.
- Yeah, I needed the exercise.

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jimg2000
Jun 06, 2019

Prepare KH35 surface-to-sea missiles.
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Tomahawks one and two ready for launch.
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How did you know?
-I didn't. I hoped.
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Joe Glass.
- Bill Beaman.
So, you're the lunatic saved the Russian President.
-And you're the crazy son of a bitch who weaved this tin can through a mine field.
Got a long debriefing.
- Yeah. One hell of a story we'll never be able to tell our grandchildren.
I would like to take one last breath before we go under. You never know what it's gonna be like when you come up.
- Could've turned ugly. Instead, it's just a beautiful afternoon. What do you say we get out of here.
Ever been on a Hunter-Killer, Beaman?
-That's the last place I want to be. Claustrophobic.
You'll be okay, as long as you don't jump out this time.

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reginator_22
May 05, 2019

Captain Joe Glass: I know you speak English

[first lines]

Captain Andropov: Fuck You

Captain Andropov: [dryly] Well... that's a start

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reginator_22
May 05, 2019

Violence: Gun violence and blood.

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