Excerpt: There are substantiated reports of people free-falling, minus a parachute, several thousand feet and surviving. Yes, it hurts, and yes, they're often damaged, but people do survive. Contrast that with the world under the ocean: get trapped more than a hundred feet below the surface without special equipment and survival is unlikely. After a few hundred feet, survival is impossible.
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 . Loosely based off real events, Phantom chronicles the disappearance of a Soviet submarine armed with nuclear missiles in 1968, the height of Cold War tensions.
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 .' A seriously corny ending doesn't help matters, but, if you're looking for a movie that's off the beaten path and still stars some recognizable actors, then 'Phantom' is worth a look.
Conclusion: The suggestion that a Soviet submarine may have fired a nuclear missile from the waters near Pearl Harbor is frightening, but Phantom is never as interesting as its subject matter. Loosely based on a real Soviet submarine that sank in the Pacific, Phantom suggests a power struggle between a Navy captain and a KGB agent nearly led to nuclear war. Ed Harris and David Duchovny head the showdown in Todd Robinson's turgid drama that never builds much tension. .
Summary: In 1968, at the height of the Cold War, the Soviet ballistic missile submarine K-129 mysteriously dropped out of radio communication and was found by the U.S. Navy six months later, northwest of Oahu, sunk 16,000 feet below the surface. The C.I.A. mounted a recovery effort, photographing and salvaging part of the vessel, but to this day, the findings remain classified. What caused the sub to sink? Where was it headed? What was its mission?
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. From the safe distance of “Inspired by a true story,” Todd Robinson’s Phantom explores one of those theories, using the K-129 ’s warheads to plumb deep into Cold War tensions and the internal...