The Hunt for Red October (1990)
The Russian submarine Red October, under the command of Captain Ramius (Sean Connery), has gone missing. It is the first of its kind to be able to run silently in the water and avoid radar – not to mention it is carrying nuclear warheads. The Russians claim the Ramius is heading to the United States Eastern coast to launch nuclear missiles and must be sunk, and the CIA is buying into these suspicions. However, CIA analyst and author Jack Ryan (Alec Baldwin) believes Ramius is defecting to the USA and he needs to talk to Ramius. When US submarine Dallas is able to locate the Red October, Ryan gets himself aboard in order to prevent World War III from occurring.
Claiming this was never a real story, The Hunt for Red October is based on the first of Tom Clancy’s “Jack Ryan” thrillers and showcases a great story full of thrills and suspense. Along with a favorite Crimson Tide, this is one of a few submarine movies ever made and it does not disappoint. It has mystery, conspiracy, gun fights, torpedoes, and an intense scene where Alec Baldwin is dangling from a helicopter trying to land on a surfaced sub. Directed by John McTiernan (Die Hard, Predator, Basic), The Hunt for Red October is a great “thinking thriller” because you really don’t know which way the Red October will go. All the characters are likable and it’s weird to say but Alec Baldwin plays a good action hero – even if he never does it again… I haven’t seen the other movies in the Jack Ryan series, but I know they do not relate story wise so if you have not seen Clear and Present Danger, Patriot Games or The Sum of All Fears, don’t worry, it doesn’t matter anyways. This is a must see for any fan of political thrillers! Co-starring Sam Neill, Tim Curry, Stellan Skarsgard, James Earl Jones, Scott Glenn and Joss Ackland.
9/10 Stars – Action, Suspense, Mystery, and Sean Connery… all in one submarine package!
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