Excerpt: A turgid slog of a film that purports to be about the story inspired by true Cold War events. It's a true feat that this film managed to be narratively and spatially muddled yet preposterously silly and simple minded. If you don't see this film (and please don't), I highly advise reading spoilers and the full plot on Wikipedia or something, because certain developments may yield full belly laughs. I doubt that you would get much from the film as a visual experience.
Excerpt: Phantom: "Phantom" has a promising deep sea premise that just so happens to be "inspired by true events," but this waterlogged Cold War submarine thriller isn't as engaging as it appears to be. It fictionalizes the real-life drama aboard a Soviet vessel with a covert mission and a captain (Ed Harris) who's haunted by past secrets on his last voyage before retirement.
Summary: Overall, worth seeing if you have the patience for this sort of thing. F.W. Murnau's movie. Another Thea von Harbou adaptation (see Michael (1924)). It was good, but the whole movie the character was trying to defend himself and it got boring after awhile.
Summary: There are some truly amazing submarine movies out there. From Crimson Tide to The Hunt For Red October, these films have since become classics and are full of suspense and tension throughout, helped by the claustrophobic feel of the submarine. Phantom delivers the goods and turns out to be one of the best films of its kind. A little known gem of a movie that's bound to become a classic in the future!