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Sub thriller 'Black Sea' plumbs depths of identity in hunt for gold
Sub thriller 'Black Sea' plumbs depths of identity in hunt for gold

On the surface, "Black Sea" is a gritty thriller about a submarine crew on a dangerous mission to retrieve a German U-boat supposedly filled with gold bars that sank in the Black Sea. But director Kevin Macdonald ("The Last King of Scotland") employs the submarine genre to tell a timely, contemporary tale of working-class men who have lost their jobs and identity and the extremes they will go through to regain both. "They are desperate," the Scottish filmmaker said over the phone earlier this week from New York. "To me, it was interesting to find a more contemporary, psychological motivation than 'we just want to get rich.' We all define...

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