Summary: The director spoke of not having that big a budget for this film, but it appears that he made the money he had work for him. The film visually is on par with any other big-budget production I have seen.
Excerpt: Hollywood has mined the possible drama inside a submarine before with mixed results, most successfully in The Hunt For Red October and more recently in U-571 . Ed Harris and David Duchovny star in the latest submarine thriller, Phantom .
Conclusion: 'Phantom' surprised me with its two leads' ability to carry a rather flat screenplay across the finish line. There's an adequate amount of claustrophobic madness added in for good measure, which reminded me of other confined movies like ' Sunshine .
Conclusion: It's not one of the great submarine films ( Das Boot , Hunt for Red October ), or even one of the merely good ones ( U-571 ), but Phantom is at least watchable if you're starved for more underwater war movie action.
Excerpt: In March 1968, the Soviet nuclear submarine K-129 sank under mysterious circumstances in the North Pacific Ocean, leading to a secret, expensive U.S. recovery operation called Project Azorian, as well as conspiracy theories about the ship’s mission and the cause of its demise.
Summary: The potential for screw-tightening suspense gets lost amid the ineffectual dramatics in "Phantom," a feeble fictionalization of a crucial but little-known moment when a rogue Soviet submarine brought the world to the brink of nuclear war.