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Hunter Killer

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United Kingdom, China, United States · 2018
Rated R · 2h 1m
Director Donovan Marsh
Starring Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Toby Stephens, Common
Genre Action, Thriller

An untested American submarine captain teams with U.S. Navy SEALs to rescue the Russian president, who has been kidnapped by a rogue general.

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IGN by

Despite the good stuff, though, Hunter Killer doesn’t ever really justify its existence. Conceived in 2011, viewing it through any other lens than today’s political climate is impossible.


Empire by Chris Hewitt (1)

A better-than-expected entry in the all-too-often neglected sub sub-genre, with Butler showing impressive restraint.


Chicago Tribune by Katie Walsh

Hunter Killer needs its radar calibrated, because while it bounces between serious and silly, it never quite finds a suitable place to land.


The Guardian by Mike McCahill

Toning down his usual act in a manner that suggests he’s finally read his reviews, Butler gives it handfuls of dramatic ballast, but this vessel has been badly compromised: any interest seeps out by the frame.


Variety by Owen Gleiberman

Hunter Killer has good enough actors, but it never figures out what to do with them. They’re stuck in an underwater vacuum, a submarine movie that submerges anything of interest.


The Telegraph by Robbie Collin

The pacing seems intentionally designed to break your spirits, with a climactic set-piece that rages on forever, despite being comprised of nothing but shouting and torpedos. It makes Crimson Tide looks like a masterclass in international relations.

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