Sailing a “Hunter Killer” fathoms under the water in unchartered territory beneath the Arctic ocean proves that avoiding war is sometimes more challenging then pulling the trigger. Gerard Butler calmly executes his unwavering dedication to the oceans and his country as Captain Joe Glass, a school of hard knocks Captain that can execute every job of his men better than the majority as he has put in his time and worked up through the ranks.
Hunter Killer opens with a disastrous encounter beneath the frozen tundra of Russia. An American Submarine is in the stealth observation of a Russian sub when all of a sudden the Russians are sabotaged from the inside and an explosion places her on the ocean floor. In retaliation, the American’s get caught in the cross hairs of a political catastrophe and are torpedoed with just cause.
On the surface, everyone is frantically trying to make sense of the many lives lost at sea as they walk the fine line of WWIII. Sent in for investigative measures, Captain Joe Glass must lead his nervous and unfamiliar crew through the minefields of Russia’s boarder protection and become a hero behind closed doors.
Navigating difficult relationships and trust issues, opposition must find a way to work together to overcome the evil that orchestrates unnecessary damage to the two nations and the world.
Hunter Killer has every component of a great submarine war film and then some! Moments will leave you holding your breath and literally shifting to the edge of your seat. The greatest story embedded in the heart of the film is the realization that two enemies can actually fight through their differences for the greater good of humanity. Harnessing the grit and wisdom of a well-seasoned sailor, Captain Joe pinpoints the ability and influence of his foe to gain an unlikely ally to help rescue the Russian president and avoid a nuclear meltdown.
Submarine warfare that would easily stand up to the Hunt for Red October and U571, Hunter Killer is well executed and a glimpse into the modern day operations of nuclear ships and the technology that drives them. We are invited into a world that only a few ever get to experience and you leave the film with an appreciation toward the message it portrays.
Rating: M Violence, offensive language & content that may disturb.