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

Studio: Lionsgate Films
Year: 2019
Release Date: January 29, 2019
Run time: 121 mins
Rating: R

Audio: DTS-HD MA 5.1/Dolby Atmos mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Disc Spec: 1 4KBD/1 BD50
Region: A

An American submarine is tailing a Russian submarine closely. They are both sunk. Rear Admiral John Fisk (Common) sends the USS Arkansas captained by Commander Joe Glass (Gerard Butler) to investigate with advise from NSA expert Jayne Norquist (Linda Cardellini). A four men special ops team is sent to spy on a Russian base where they observe the Russian president being taken prisoner in a coup. Admiral Charles Donnegan (Gary Oldman) is the hawkish Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Captain Sergei Andropov (Michael Nyqvist) is the Commander of the sunken Russian submarine.

This seems to have aspirations of being better which only makes any missteps all the more glaring. Like one time, somebody calls the Russians the Soviet Union. I don’t see why they send in the special ops team in the first place which just happens to see the coup in action.

Movie Content: 7/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 2160p/UHD with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. This is one of those films that shows how much picture quality is beautiful in UltraHD on the seas. From the colors to the details, your jaw will drop if you look for some of the superb details. Colors are vibrant providing an excellent looking picture. Flesh tones are natural and accurate looking. Blacks look inky. Details are where this film shines the most with the camera even panning away in many scenes. Not once did I feel like I was at a loss for details making this a very strong presentation. For a film set as a period piece, this western really shine through.
Print Quality: 10/10

The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 and Dolby Atmos mix. This is a very atmospheric and immersive sounding film. The rears provide quite a few times where sound effects panned across the speakers. There are many scenes that are outside which also take advantage of the soundfield providing some dynamic sound. The soundtrack shines through so ever beautifully in this film with the ocean battle themes running rampant throughout. Dialogue is clean through the center sounding ever so crisp.
Audio Quality: 9.5/10

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Director Donovan Marsh
  • Surface Tension: Declassifying Hunter Killer [HD]

Special Features: 5/10

The Final Word

I love Butler and obviously Oldman. Oldman plays about 5 mins total in the film so don’t count on him making the film an Oscar winner. Its a good film but its not that good. Seems to be a typical action film with not much action. Give it a watch.
Overall Rating: 7/10