During the Cold War, a Soviet submarine captain embarks on a mysterious mission despite having disturbing seizures only to learn a rogue KGB group is determined to launch one of the ship’s nuclear missiles and start a war.
Ed Harris (Demi), David Duchovny (Bruni), William Fichtner (Alex), Lance Henriksen (Markov), Jonathon Schaech (Pavlov), Jason Beghe (Dr. Semak), Dagmara Dominczyk (Sophi), Sean Patrick Flanery (Tyrtov).
Apparently based loosely on some true events (the submarine actually did exist, and did successfully launch a missile), Phantom is the story of Soviet submarine B-67. Upon returning from sea, Demi and his crew are immediately transferred to a diesel sub and sent back out on a secret mission with a contingent of KGB agents and a secret device aboard. The device, the Phantom, will mask the sound of the sub making it appear to be a different type and size of boat. But that isn’t the only mission as becomes evident when the KGB agents are revealed to be rogue and have a mission of their own. The movie is a bit scattered with some serious plot holes and lack of setting, but it remains entertaining with a good pace.
Acting was decent while at the same time, disappointing. Harris, Duchovny, Fichtner and the rest of the main cast did nicely. However, a movie taking place aboard a Soviet submarine where everyone speaks english with no accents was unusual and we almost forgot the actors were supposed to be Russian.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were good and nicely presented conditions on a submarine with nice detail and a realistic feel. Physical effects and CGI were nicely done and supported the film well. Dialogue was good but some unexplained terms and conditions being spoken about were a bit confusing at times. Sound and soundtrack were both okay.
Phantom didn’t sink, nor did it float, but instead remained neutrally buoyant. The plot holes and lack of language or accent authenticity made the film feel unrealistic. At the same time, if you can overlook those things, the story is enjoyable and technical work is good. Fans of spy thrillers will likely enjoy this one.
With some violence and foul language, Phantom should be fine for older teens and above.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Thrillers, Psychological Thrillers, Mysteries, Spy Thrillers
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