Thanks to Roadshow Films for the chance to see ‘Hunter Killer’ before its national release. This is our review of the movie, but as usual, no matter what we say, we still recommend you to go and see it at your local cinema because there is no better critic than yourself!
Hunter Killer (yes that’s the title) is an action film staring Gerald Butter, Common and Gary Oldman. After an American submarine disappears in the arctic, Commander Joe Glass (Gerald Butler) is sent on the submarine, USS Arkansas, to investigate the disappearance. Whilst investigating the submarine disappearance a coup against the Russian president unfolds.
Gerald Butter has carved out a niche as a B grade action hero. His repertoire includes Olympus & London Has Fallen, Gods of Egypt and Geostorm, all with an average Rotten Tomato score of about 25%. Hunter Killer is no different from these films. It has a lacklustre plot and a predictable storyline which has been seen time and time again. The forty-million-dollar budget must have been spent on Butler and Oldman’s wages, as the blue screen special effects and explosions look fake and were almost laughable at times.
The films most interesting plot is the special forces mission to retrieve the kidnapped Russian president. Seeing four American soldiers face off against the Russian army needs to be seen to be believed.
Gerald Butter, winner of last years Best Actor Oscar was a surprising addition to the film. His role as the Admiral in charge of the USS Arkansas definitely lifted the film but he won’t be getting and Oscar nomination!
Hunter Killer isn’t a total loss. The film has some great action sequences and the plot is easy to follow, you just need to be willing to look past the unrealistic plot. Those that appreciate the thriller and action genre are in for an enjoyable night at the cinemas, although, in terms of a memorable action film Hunter Killer defiantly sinks!
In Cinemas October 25