Welcome to the start of a new series about films that need to be seen by everyone. From the classics to the newbies, let’s discuss the movies we should all check out.
Now, this one is a classic, and if you haven’t seen it already, it is a must-see. “The Hunt for Red October,” directed by John McTiernan, is one of those movies that just doesn’t get old. It is a brilliant film that is based off a novel, which was written by Tom Clancy.
The movie tells the story of Marko Ramius, a Soviet submarine Captain who trained most of the Soviet submarine officers. Marko wishes to defect to the United States because of the fact that his wife died due to the failure of the communist system. As a result, he wishes to betray the Soviet Union by moving to the United States. He recently developed a special variant of the Typhoon class submarine. As Marko betrays the Soviet Union, he openly tells his uncle-in-law who exactly is in charge of the Red Fleet. In response, his uncle sends the entire Soviet Fleet after the “Red October,” a Typhoon-Class Ballistic Missile Sub. The Soviets say to the Americans that Ramius has gone mad to get the Americans to help them sink the “Red October”. Jack Ryan, a CIA analyst, eventually figures out that Ramius is attempting to betray the Soviets. The hunt for the “Red October” then begins.
For a good part of the film, the movie is very intense because of the fact that no one in the government really believes Jack Ryan or his theory. The movie is very well shot and the actors do an outstanding job demonstrating their characters. The best actors were Alec Baldwin (Jack Ryan) and Sean Connery(Marko Ramius). They portrayed the characters realistically, one as a ex-marine who is scared of helicopters due to a accident, and a veteran submarine Captain who has been doing his job for a very long time and knows what he is doing.
The film is great as the suspense is real and the sub-combat situation is just pure intensity. Ramius and his officers along with Jack Ryan and a few Naval personnel count down the seconds til the torpedo passes the sub, in fear as they count down. Even then they get more aggressive but at times turning into the torpedo. It is basically more of a modern version of Das Boot, which is based around a German U-Boat in the end days of the WWII. Five out of five stars for this brilliant story of a battle waged under the waves.