Reviews and Problems with The Hunt For Red October
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"The Hunt For Red October" by Yojimbo
28 January 2012
Excerpt: When a soviet captain commanding a first strike nuclear submarine decides to defect, CIA analyst Jack Ryan is sent in to prevent catastrophe at the hands of the pursuing Russian forces. Alec Baldwin was always a bit of an also-ran as an action star, but his lone outing as Tom Clancy's Ryan is also easily the best. He is perfect as an academic unwillingly sent out into the field but it is obviously Sean Connery's towering presence that makes the film.
Summary: The first Jack Ryan film is a more thoughtful and political film than the more action-oriented, Harrison Ford-starring films to follow. The cat-and-mouse game between Connery and Baldwin comprises a large portion of the film and is the best part of the well-directed, tension-filled movie.
Excerpt: The Hunt for Red October(1984) was the debut novel of now renowned thriller writer, Tom Clancy and is generally considered to be a landmark novel in the espionage/thriller genre. This film, which is more or less a faithful rendition of the novel on screen, while in no way the masterpiece the novel was, is no doubt a brilliant piece of cinema and a welcome change from the usual thriller film involving guns and/or explosive, often glorified violence.
Summary: A better-than-average thriller thanks to Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin (perhaps his best role to date?). The movie is tense and never lets up. Though Harrison Ford would take over, this first Jack Ryan adventure is pretty good.
Excerpt: This used to be a Top 10 hit for me but it has lost a little of its luster.........still a fantastic movie though. In the first installment of the Jack Ryan series it is filled with excitement and has a stellar cast. Alec Baldwin plays Ryan and although he is no Harrison Ford he is plenty better than Ben Affleck. He does a good job here and I've always thought he was a good movie lead and never understood why he didn't get more roles.
Summary: After seeing this movie, you'll wonder how Hollywood manages to turn out so many junk-action movies, now that they've figured out the right formula. To be fair, the vast majority of action movies don't have the benefit of Tom Clancy's greatest novel (granted, 'Sum of All Fears' was a very, very close second, for me). High tension and realistic (emphasis on that last word) depictions of modern warfare make for an excellent story.
Summary: Because of the intrigue this film offers, the circumstances involved tie up neatly in a very convincing way. Needing all of the variables to fall into place if his defection hopes to be successful, Soviet (although Lithuanian by birth) submarine Captain Ramius (Sean Connery) is a very worthy submarine captain.
Summary: Tom Clancy is a gearhead whose books I find nearly impossible to get into. So it's a surprise to find one of his novels, adapted on screen, is not only good but as enjoyable and riveting as is "The Hunt For Red October." Sean Connery plays a Soviet sub skipper, Marko Ramius, who at the height of the Cold War is put at the helm of his navy's most advanced creation, the Red October, a nuclear-missile carrier with a propulsion system that enables it to elude sonar.