Full US Trailer for Russian Submarine Film 'The Command' aka 'Kursk'

May 15, 2019
Source: YouTube

The Command Trailer

"Time is of the essence… I implore you - accept our help." Saban Films has debuted an official US trailer for an indie submarine thriller titled The Command, which is the new US title for the film originally known as Kursk. This premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year and already opened in most of Europe last fall, but it just now getting a US release with the new title this summer. The film tells the tragic true story of a Russian submarine stuck at the bottom of the ocean. The ship is deemed unsinkable but explosions on a test run leave it sunken and useless, and instead of rescuing the surviving crew, the Russians left them there. A nearby British ship intervenes and attempts to save them. This English-language take on the Kursk features Matthias Schoenaerts, plus Léa Seydoux, Colin Firth, Max von Sydow, August Diehl, Steven Waddington, and Matthias Schweighöfer. Unfortunately, the film is terrible despite being a true story.

Here's the official US trailer (+ original poster) for Thomas Vinterberg's The Command, from YouTube:

You can also watch the original international trailer for Vinterberg's Kursk film here, for more footage.

Kursk Poster

Kursk Poster

It is the first major Russian Navy exercise since the end of the Soviet Union, but the K-141 Kursk is deemed unsinkable and its crew recognized as the best in the Northern Fleet. Among that crew is Captain-Lieutenant Mikhail Kalekov (Schoenaerts), a devoted naval officer with a loving wife (Seydoux), a child, and another on the way. He and his crew board the Kursk and descend into the Barents Sea with a sense of optimism and fraternity. Then come the explosions. Many lives are lost instantly, but Mikhail and others are safe in one of the sealed rear compartments. They have air and food to last until they are rescued, but when will help arrive? Once the sub's seismic activity is detected, Britain, France, and Norway offer their assistance, but Russia insists it has the situation under control. Time is of the essence, but time keeps passing. Kursk is directed by acclaimed Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg, of the films The Third Lie, It's All About Love, Dear Wendy, When a Man Comes Home, Submarino, The Hunt, Far from the Madding Crowd, and The Commune previously. The screenplay is written by Robert Rodat. This premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. The film originally opened in Europe last fall. Saban Films will release Vinterberg's The Command in select US theaters starting on June 21st, 2019 coming up.

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Matthias Schoenaerts was the only one who convinced me that there's some Soviet affair going on ...

shiboleth on May 15, 2019


I'm not going to take Alex's word on this one. Not with the great Matthias Schoenaerts and the rest of the cast and the director all involved. Plus, I liked the trailer. I'll watch this and come to my own conclusion, thank you very much.

thespiritbo on May 15, 2019


i've seen it and alex is right - it's horrible. i was very disappointed.

dan on May 15, 2019


Well, heck...that's disappointing. Still, I will have to determine this for myself as it wouldn't be the first time I've liked something no one else seems to like. Like Meet Joe Black and The Drop to mention just a few. It goes the other way too...probably more often that what most people like and do not!! Sorry it disappointed you. I hope it doesn't me because like I said, I really like Schoenaerts' work.

thespiritbo on May 16, 2019


i agree with you - i would always see a movie for myself before judging it. (btw - MJB and the drop are good movies) as far as this movie, the first thing that'll hit you is the REALLY bad acting - it made it unwatchable to me. also, the cinematography is very poor....and the pacing is too chopped up. i was looking forward to this and it was a huge disappointment. . hey, you want something to watch that is amazing in every way possible? watch the HBO mini-series "chernobyl".......f#cking amazing in every sense - and a little scary as well.

dan on May 17, 2019


I am watching Chernobyl and it is very well done. It's hard for me to imagine this film with Schoenaerts has bad acting in it. There are some pretty good actors here, like for instance Léa Seydoux, Colin Firth, and Max von Sydow. Like I said, sorry you were disappointed, but I'm going to have to watch this and come to my own conclusion. Glad you agree with MJB and The Drop. Both excellent films and the kind I like. Cheers.

thespiritbo on May 17, 2019


not trying to ruin it for you but i wish i knew this: i was very excited for this primarily for colin firth - but he has a very minor role in this. if you like firth, don't miss "the mercy" - i loved that - even though it is a sad story.

dan on May 17, 2019


Not a big fan of Firth, but he doesn't bother me like some do. Won't see The Mercy. What's the rumor on that? Wasn't it all a big lie? Didn't the main guy in real life lie about the whole affair or something like that? Wasn't it all a fraud and then he died because he didn't know what the heck he was doing as a sailor?

thespiritbo on May 18, 2019


something like that - he kind of had a mental meltdown after 7 months alone at sea. but the backstory shows he was sort of goaded into going with a boat that wasn't ready. the movie is very well done and sad too - i really felt bad for firths character.

dan on May 18, 2019


Okay...thanks for this nice reply and I hear you and get how you responded. It's a delight to be moved in the manner you were while watching this film...or any film and I enjoy that immensely myself. Cheers.

thespiritbo on May 19, 2019

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