Crimson Tide is yet another summer action flick from the producing team of the
late Don Simpson & Jerry Bruckheimer and was one of the first movies they did with
Disney after leaving Paramount. Unlike some of there other action flicks e.g.: Con Air
this one is outstanding. I first saw it at the theatre but this is the first time I have
seen it in it's original format since it's theatrical release.
Denzel Washington plays Ron
Hunter the first officer on the USS Alabama a ship run firmly by Captain Frank Ramsey
(Gene Hackman) Hunter comes from the new school and Ramsey comes from the old school of
training. Both do not see eye to eye on everything but they are both very competent in
there jobs. The back story to this movie revolves around an international crisis when a
dictator is trying to take over the Russian government and wage war on the U.S. As one of
the main submarines on the frontline, the USS Alabama receives an emergency message to
launch nuclear weapons at the Russians, just as they are about to do so they receive a
second message that gets cut off when they fall under the attack of a Russian submarine.
Concerned, Hunter wishes to verify the message to which the Captain refuses, Hunter
relieves the captain and takes control of the ship. But then all hell breaks loose when
Captain Ramsey decides to take the ship back and a full scale mutiny occurs. Who's right
and who's wrong. Should they launch or should they get verification?
Mix that with
wonderful cinematography by Dariusz Wolski with some of the best camera angles and pans
I've seen in quite a while, excellent direction by Tony Scott which includes some of the
most realistic sub explosions filmed and some of the most rousing music recorded by Hans
Zimmer & you have got yourself one great DVD to demo off to visitors.