Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (Theater in ’95, video, DVD, 9 Oct 2016)
Brief Synopsis – On a nuclear submarine during a time of impending war, the Captain and his First Officer differ on the actions needed to be taken which causes much chaos on the ship.
My Take on it – This a movie that I have been a huge fan of ever since I first saw it a bot over twenty years ago.
The story is so thrilling that it easily keeps us on the edge of our seats for the entire two hours.
Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington are great choices for the lead roles because they are so very different actors and can easily both portray commanding characters that have very differing opinions on the rules of war.
Loved the way that the story flips back and forth between the differing opinions and doesn’t judge; it lets us decide which side we wish to back.
I’ve never been the biggest fan of Denzel, but this is clearly one of his best roles IMHO.
The supporting cast is superb with Viggo Mortenstern, Rocky Carroll, Matt Craven, George Dzundza, James Gandolfini, Ricky Schroder and Steve Zahn all doing great jobs to help add to the intensity of the whole plot.
The story is actually an amazing one because even now, more than twenty years after this film came out, it still feels very timely and could happen on any given day.
Hans Zimmer’s score is amazing and also adds to the intensity and thrills of the whole movie.
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Bottom Line – Such a great thriller that keeps us on the edge of our seats for the whole runtime. Hackman and Washington are both superb here and give us two great commanders that each has their own way of choosing correct actions in the face of danger. Amazing score by Hans Zimmer helps raise the level of thrills even higher. Great supporting cast filled with lots of known actors also adds to the intensity of the whole plot. The fact that the story feels so timely even now over twenty years after its release helps make this so enjoyable to watch. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The scene in which the USS Alabama is diving for the first time out of dock, the footage is of the real submarine submerging. Tony Scott was following along in a helicopter attaining shots of the ship, herself. When the captain of the Alabama requested that the helicopter cease filming, they submerged, which is what director Tony Scott was hoping for anyway. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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