Phantom (2013)



Critic Consensus: A cast of solid actors do what they can to elevate the material, but Phantom's script is too clunky and devoid of tension to bear comparison to its thematic predecessors.

Movie Info

Academy Award (R) nominee Ed Harris (A Beautiful Mind, The Abyss), David Duchovny ("The X-Files," "Californication") and William Fichtner (The Dark Knight, Black Hawk Down) star in PHANTOM, a Cold War-era suspense thriller about a Soviet submarine captain, haunted by his past, who is forced to lead a covert mission that could spark a global nuclear war. Written and directed by Todd Robinson (Lonely Hearts, White Squall) and inspired by true events, PHANTOM is a riveting deep-sea adventure about … More

Rating: R (for violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By: ,
Written By: Todd Robinson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 25, 2013
Box Office: $1.0M
RCR Distribution - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Phantom

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (21)

Ed Harris and company can't lift this one off the seafloor, and "Phantom" fades away into the murky mist.

Full Review… | March 3, 2013
Top Critic

The film remains mediocre, with flat cinematography and crudely anachronistic dialogue.

Full Review… | March 1, 2013
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

A game effort by a decent cast highlights the old-fashioned submarine thriller "Phantom," but heavy-handed dialogue, flurries of melodrama and a silly ending make the whole enterprise sink like a stone.

Full Review… | March 1, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

It's not something you want to plunk down $12 for, but just diverting enough to check out when it arrives on Netflix Instant.

Full Review… | March 1, 2013
New York Post
Top Critic

[Its] admirable air of realism dissipates once Robinson takes viewers outside the sub, where torpedo skirmishes are staged with too-perfect CGI bombast.

Full Review… | March 1, 2013
Washington Post
Top Critic

When limited by budget, a good independent film turns in on itself and spotlights the actors, and that's where the meat is in this movie.

Full Review… | July 2, 2013
7M Pictures

Audience Reviews for Phantom

A taunt, tense and terrific white-knuckle thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat with suspense and excitement. A classy old-school thrill-ride that returns us to the days of thrilling submarine drama's of the 50's and 60's. A great blend of straightforward storytelling and great character development to fuel an engaging movie. It's an awesome film that just explodes with power and drama. Ed Harris, David Duchovny and William Fichtner are sensational. It also had a great cast of character actors that just add to the films appeal, with actors like Lance Henriksen Sean Patrick Flannery and Jason Beghe you definitely cant go wrong. A rip-roaring entertainment.

Al S

Super Reviewer


I just couldn't get past the American actors playing the Russians...with no Russian accents. At all. Completely American in every way..except they were supposed to be Russian. What were they thinking?

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


Inspired by the mysterious sinking of the K-129, Phantom is an intense Cold War thriller. A power struggle aboard a Soviet submarine threatens to erupt in war when a radical element of the KGB attempts to use a first strike device against the US. Starring Ed Harris, David Duchovny, and William Fichtner, the cast is fairly strong. But the directing is rather poor, and does move the plot along very well or add any suspense to the film. Still, the set designs and special effects are pretty good and create a tense atmosphere aboard the sub. Phantom has an interesting story, but it's rather lackluster for a thriller.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

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