Crimson Tide takes place in 1994 during a period of instability in Russia. Units of the Russian military loyal to an ultranationalist have taken control of a nuclear missile installation and are threatening nuclear war.
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Typically slick action drama from the Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer factory and director Tony Scott. Strong performances and top-notch production values can't make up for a predictable and generic story - for all the tight close-ups and pulse-pounding Hans Zimmer score, the suspense feels processed and just never really works. Not a terrible film, but not particularly memorable.
appreciate that scott gently holds the audience's... collective... hand through obscure and unintelligible military jargon and strategy. well-made. don't pause long enough to think about the consequences of valorizing the inhumanity of war