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Crimson Tide (1995)

1 rating: 3.0
Action & Adventure movie directed by Tony Scott

You can almost hear the studio pitch meeting echoing throughoutCrimson Tidelike the sonar on the soundtrack: "It'sThe Cain Mutinyon a nuclear submarine!" When radio communications problems aboard the USSAlabamaprevent the sub from receiving … see full wiki

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Director: Tony Scott
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  • Dec 15, 2005
Take a solid script about nuclear warfare, puff it up with Quentin Tarantino style, cram it all into a submarine called the U.S.S. Alabama, throw in the legendary Gene Hackman and future legend Denzel Washington and what do you get? "Crimson Tide."

One of the best military flicks I've ever seen. Chock full of emotion, intensity and suspense, "Crimson Tide" takes the viewer on a whirlwind tour of life, death, and warfare on a nuclear Naval submarine. Hackman is the captain of the Alabama, a sub destined to launch nuclear missiles on Russia in a last ditch attempt to suppress rebel forces in that country. Denzel Washington is the handpicked XO that is forced to make a terrible decision. During an undersea battle with rebel forces, an emergency message is lost during transmission. Was the message sent to stop plans to fire the nuclear missiles or to go ahead with the plans? Hackman insists he go ahead with his original orders to launch the nukes. Washington stands against him and has the captain sent to his quarters. All of this is done by the book. What results is a mutiny by the captain in an attempt to regain control of his sub and continue his original mission.

Full of intense sequences involving life and death situations, this film left me exhausted by the constant decisions made and the timing of each event. Hackman and Washington were superb in their roles. Each conveyed the emotion and allegiance of their respective characters flawlessly.

But the list of excellent actors doesn't stop there. Viggo Mortensen, of "Lord of the Rings" and "Hidalgo" fame, plays Webster. He's Washington's friend and a loyal officer on the ship who literally holds the fate of the world in his hands. Steve Zahn ("Saving Silverman," "Daddy Daycare," "Happy, Texas") is solid in a supporting role. Former child star Rick Schroder also appears in a brief but moving role. Danny Nucci ("Titanic") plays an officer who stands for what he believes is right. James Gandolfini ("The Sopranos") is also here in a wonderfully sinister role as Hackman's loyal shipmate. Oh, and don't forget to throw in Ryan Phillipe ("I Know What You Did Last Summer," "Cruel Intentions"), who has a miniscule role but does well none the less. There are other faces in the crowd who haven't achieved as much fame, but you'll recognize them from smaller roles in other films. For instance, George Dzundza, who's been in a ton of films but never a star and Scott Grimes, who I only knew was in this film when I saw the credits role. You may recognize Grimes' name from "Critters." In short, this motion picture has a very capable cast of well-known performers, future stars, and minor players who fill out the plot exceptionally well.

Highly recommended to fans of claustrophobic cinema such as "The Hunt For Red October" and naval stories in general. Also, fans of intense drama will definitely enjoy this film.

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