‘Black Sea’ Featurette The Story


Cast: Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, David Threlfall, Konstantin Khabenskiy, Sergey Puskepalis, Michael Smiley, Grigory Dobrygin, Sergey Veksler, Sergey Kolesnikov, Bobby Schofield, Jodie Whittaker
Director: Kevin McDonald
Studio: Focus Features
Release Date: Friday, January 30
Website: http://www.focusfeatures.com/BlackSea

Outside a submarine thousands of leagues under the sea lies a dark, cold death. Inside the sub lies a crew on a mission that could salvage their lives…Mining full-speed-ahead tension from a fathoms-deep treasure hunt, Black Sea is a suspenseful adventure thriller directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald.

Robinson (two-time Academy Award nominee Jude Law) is a submarine captain, and the sea calls him at the expense of all else: his nearly 30 years of voyages have cost him the love of his wife Chrissy (Jodie Whittaker) and child. When the salvage company for whom he has toiled over 11 years abruptly lays him off, this working-class ex-Navy man finds himself adrift.

But after hearing the tale of a German U-boat full of WWII-era gold sitting on a bed in the Georgian depths of the Black Sea, thecaptain feels he can prove himself anew. He jumps at a funding offer facilitated by go-between Daniels (Scoot McNairy) and pulls together a misfit crew to brave the deep and go after the sunken treasure. A vintage Russian diesel submarine will be manned by British and Russian roughnecks, with a lone American – Daniels – aboard, obliged to keep an eye on his shadowy bosses’ investment.

The old sub is judged seaworthy. The crew’s Russians are led by savvy Blackie (Konstantin Khabenskiy) and include taciturn Morozov (Grigory Dobrygin), stalwart Baba (Sergey Veksler), pragmatic Levchenko (Sergey Kolesnikov), and formidable Zaytsev (Sergey Puskepalis). The English contingent includes volatile Fraser (Ben Mendelsohn), veteran Peters (David Threlfall), wisecracking Reynolds (Michael Smiley), and impressionable Tobin (Bobby Schofield), whom Robinson takes under his wing. As the sub probes deeper and deeper while evading detection from the Russian navy above, everyone anticipates collecting a share of the gold…

…but the number of shares declines as greed and desperation take control onboard the claustrophobic vessel. A shocking betrayal, a startling discovery, and escalating uncertainty about the mission cause the men to turn on each other – only to have to make an uneasy truce in hopes of ever making it back to the surface alive.

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