"I'm not an agent, I just write books for the CIA."
Russians don't take a dump, son, without a plan...The best movie with a Baldwin, ever.
Each time I see this film, I forgive Alec Badlwin for The Shadow, The Juror, Heaven's Prisoners, The Marrying Man and The Getaway.
But not Mercury Rising.
Anyway. This was the first time we saw Jack Ryan (Baldwin) on screen, and the only time Baldwin got to play him. Too bad. I think he's better in the role than Harrison Ford. Ryan figures out that a Russian submarine commander, Ramius (Sean Connery) is planning on defecting, bringing his crew and the Russians' new nuclear powered, silent running submarine, the Red October, with him. Problem is, Ryan has to convince everyone else this, because they think Ramius is actually going rogue and plans on launching his missles off the U.S. coast. This is what the Russian government wants the Americans to think, so they'll actually go out and help sink Ramius, thus preventing him from defecting.
Ryan must convince his superiors, even going so far as to fly out to an American sub that's tracking Red October and convincing that ship's captain (Scott Glenn).
One of the better Cold War inspired movies (despite being released at the Cold War's end/demise), it's actually pretty good. The underwater shots of the submarines are crappy (models and computers were used, and it shows), but the tension and the acting make it worth it. Suspenseful, good drama, with just enough action, too, and it's not nearly as dense as the Tom Clancy novel that it's based on.And I will have a pickup truck... maybe even a "recreational vehicle."