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Ed Harris goes gaunt and haunted for his portrayal of a disgraced Russian submarine captain whose final mission turns out to be much more dangerous than he had planned. (The sub is diesel, but its cargo is nuclear and its crew is compromised.) The film's look is right — Harris's ruined face is matched by the ancient sub he commands — but the sound is strange. It's one thing to have American actors dispense with any attempt at Russian accents; it's another to have them dispense with any attempt at Russian idiom. David Duchovny as the villain is absolutely David Duchovny as the villain (though it's not his fault he's saddled with so much exposition), but William Fitchner turns in a fine performance as a loyal friend and officer. Writer-director Todd Robinson keeps things trim, but yields to self-indulgence during a hallucinogenic fit of epilepsy and a doozy of an ending. 2013.

Matthew Lickona

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