Crimson Tide (1995)
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A compelling Navy film featuring very good performances from Hackman and Washington. Tense and real, this film will not only please military buffs, but action lovers as well.
Tense sub marine drama with great cast. Hadn't seen it in years and still holds up
A cold war movie without a cold war? Tony Scott did with the Navy what he did for Top Gun, in Crimson Tide, which is to say a shiny, atmospheric military recruitment film, though it's a much better film. I'm not sure we ever really believe the film could end with nuclear holocaust, but creating a situation where it could happen in the Clinton era at least puts some doubt in our minds. But nuclear war is really an abstract, so the real conflict is between the charismatic captain played by Gene Hackman and his intellectual new XO, Denzel Washington. When their submarine's orders are garbled, it turns into all-out war between two warrior philosophies. Obviously, we're on peace's side, but Hackman never quite stops being sympathetic. If it's anything, Crimson Tide is an ode to professionalism in the face of adversity. I remember going to see this in the theaters because everyone was on a Tarantino high at the time, and he'd reportedly punched up the script. They're really the weakest parts of the script, calling attention to themselves as the XO suddenly pulls out fairly expert comic book knowledge or uses Star Trek to motivate the crew. It just doesn't feel like that kind of picture. But a tense and exciting submarine movie in the tradition of The Caine Mutiny? Tony Scott was born for this kind of stuff.
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