Part of the awful tragedy of the doomed nuclear submarine Kursk
, which sank in 2000 with 118 men aboard, was the terrible knowledge that it was just the latest in a long string of accidents involving Russian naval vessels. In their Cold-War haste to build a navy powerful enough to compete with the U.S., the Soviets routinely launched ships before they were seaworthy, resulting in inevitable catastrophes that were quickly covered up by the Soviet government. Nearly 40 years before the sinking of the Kursk
, the submarine K-19
faced a crisis that could easily have ended in a nuclear disaster. Oddly enough, director Kathryn Bigelow's desire to tell t...