Now everyone who reads comic books knows that the Kirby Silver Surfer is the only TRUE Silver Surfer, now am I right or wrong?This movie invites comparisons to submarine movies like Das Boot; Run Silent, Run Deep; and the Hunt for Red October. Pretty bold. But it works, and it works because it's not just an action picture, but because of the actors involved.
Lieutenant Commander Hunter (Denzel Washington) joins the crew of a U.S. nuclear submarine under the command of one Captain Ramsey (Gene Hackman). The get along, but sparingly. Hunter questions Ramsey's judgment on several fronts, not the least of which is Ramsey's decision to run a weapons drill immediately following a fire in a kitchen where a man died. The sub gets orders to check out Russian activities, but loses contact with the surface. It looks bad: is World War III imminent? Ramsey thinks so; he's all set to launch a strike. But Hunter stages a mutiny. Then things get really tense.
According to the Navy, the mutiny angle is some sort of patent impossibility, but it's still good drama. There's something about seeing two great actors of Washington and Hackman's caliber sharing the scene, and reciting dialogue punched up by Quentin Tarantino, no less. Slick as hell (it is a Tony Scott movie, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and the late Don Simpson) and loaded with strong performances from the supporting roles as well as the principals.A definite rental.