I Watched… (#39)

24 Apr

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Crimson Tide (1995)

The late Tony Scott’s submarine thriller stars regular accomplice Denzel Washington as young first officer Ron Hunter, he challenges the authority of Captain Frank Ramsey (Gene Hackman) who is reluctant to confirm his orders to launch nuclear missiles; all set on on a hot, cramped US nuclear submarine where tempers can easily boil over.

The story is simple yet grips you from the start and remains tense throughout thanks to solid performances from Washington, Hackman and Viggo Mortenson. It is not particularly different nor groundbreaking due to its similarity to other submarine-themed films such as The Hunt for Red October and it doesn’t come close to the dizzy depths of Das Boot. It has an air of being a tad too superficial and isn’t as deep as you would like it to be, but it this sub delivers the solid and suspenseful thriller which one expects from a Tony Scott production.

Light enjoyment and certainly solid enough, if not spectacular. The film’s inspiration, Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove, is perhaps too harsh a comparison to judge this tense thriller on as it is enjoyable but rather forgettable.

7/10

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