Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

Crimson Tide (1995)

Directed by Tony Scott

Starring Gene Hackman, Denzel Washington, Matt Craven, George Dzundza

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Tony once again demonstrates his outstanding use of color (blues, greens, reds, whites, and blacks) and his “eye candy” visual imagery. A lot of neat shots (in the rain and underwater), some cool effects, great sound, and of course a blazing sunset. Good, powerful use of music (a Tony trademark). Tony’s even got a sense of humor.

Almost like Chapter One of The Abyss, with a lost nuclear submarine falling to the depths. A rehash of Mutiny on the Bounty. I think that it might have ripped off The Hunt for Red October, starting with the title. Might he have ripped off the beginning from his own Top Gun? And those Kubrickian computer lights on the face were gay. And it’s really gay how they change into spy clothes when they overtake the ship. Too many action movies do this.

Good story. Good dialogue (thanks to Tarantino). Denzel has become the ideal military man. One of Hackman’s best roles for his character. The guy in the weapons room was cool. It’s neat how certain actors seem to stick with directors for a while, like Gandolfini.

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