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½ March 14, 2019
A dull submarine affair.

The Hunt for Red October (1990) is a very slow film with a confusing plot delivered to its audience with muddled editing. Despite a stellar all star cast and solid direction, The Hunt for Red October meanders its way to its anti-climactic finale.

The special effects look like toy submarines in a bath tub, while the torpedo explosions look like they were done on Mario Paint. The music is dull and as bland as the cinematography. I do not really like the muted color scheme either.

Sean Connery is a great actor, but fails to do a Russian accent, opting to slip back into his comfort zone with his natural Scottish growl. His performance is intriguing enough.

Sam Neill is the best part of The Hunt for Red October. He tries the hardest with his accent and gives a touching dramatic performance.

Alec Baldwin is good, but boring. I guess I could say that about everyone else in this film. It's nice to see Scott Glenn and Tim Curry or Stellan Skarsgard. But all the actors were underutilized. I just only found Sam Neill to feel compelling.

The script from Tom Clancy's novel should be riveting, but the premise and twists are the only interesting parts. The execution of this film should be a gripping spy war game, but it feels like everyone running through the motions.

I nearly feel asleep watching The Hunt for Red October and that's all I can say about it.
February 22, 2019
low-key approach to being a film hero,And its cautiously upbeat global message leaves a satisfying glow and it operates with a crackerjack premise
½ February 19, 2019
You can't go wrong wigh a Sean Connery movie. This was just as good to watch today as it was when it came out.
February 1, 2019
The best thrilling movie ever made!
January 28, 2019
Now that os how you make a movie!

I didn't appreciate it as a teenager, thinking the good parts were in the last 20min. Now as an adult who understands the terror and anxiety of a moment, or the drama within a single sentence, this became a must see as far as I'm concerned. Unlike Crimson Tide (which i still think is a good movie) this one doesn't need to resort to fist fights, mutiny and deaths to create tension.

This movie isn't about right and wrong, who is better, or how great a hero is. This movie is all about perception, the fear of the unknown, and the terror of the Cold War.

This is a masterclass in film making, far exceeding other Jack Ryan movies
January 20, 2019
Fantastic film, one of the best of all time.
½ November 27, 2018
I rewatched this recently with a friend from Russia and it was an enlightening experience. The movie was still entertaining, so still gets 3.5 stars.
September 18, 2018
Superbly crafted political thriller, thanks to a smart script, taunt direction by McTiernan and an excellent cast. Connery is superb as Cap. Ramius, giving real gravitas to the role, playing an experienced navy commander who has grown tired of the Cold War, while Baldwin is still the best Jack Ryan to date, giving the perfect mix of intelligence and everyman to the role. Behind the camera, John McTieran crafts a slick, intelligent thriller that perfectly adapts the Tom Clancy novel, and quite frankly might be better. The subplot of only Ryan believing Ramius is trying to defect adds an extra level of tension, along with agency for Ryan, while the political scenes give a nice mix of levity and humor. The action scenes are first rate and nail-biting, especially in the innovative way they are done with Cold War politics (for example, an American sub can't fire on a Russian one since they are not technically at war. The best adaptation of a Tom Clancy novel and best Cold war thriller ever made.
August 16, 2018
a neat and clean hunting..

The Hunt For Red October

3 Out Of 5

The Hunt For Red October is a plot driven thriller feature about an underwater and unspoken battle between two nations that is tossed by a man with broken agendas.

Despite of all the chalky and cheesy material, the plot is surprisingly mature than one would expect especially in its final act. It still doesn't suggest in any way that the writing is smart or even gripping, in fact it is the weakest link of all in its initial stages.

By now, it is clear that the makers took way too much time to set in the plots and characters to its palpable surrounding where most of the act is saved by the star power and the presence of it that is immensely articulative like surfing on water.

Another one of its strength would be the ability to manipulate multiple characters on screen like a puppet with a mystic air presence among them that breeds nothing but uncertainty to the viewers. The camera work is appreciative and nicely done but isn't attractive or pleasing to encounter.

The adapted screenplay is not one of its pros, although its execution by the director McTiernan surpasses the shallow script in here. Connery's cunningness is challenged equally by Baldwin's attentive and humble nature along with an amazing supporting cast like Glenn, Neill and Jones.

An unexpected final act, a bit western-y dialogues and the tense environment with which it feeds itself are the high points of the feature. It is rich on technical aspects like sound effects and editing whilst falls flatly on background score and visual effects.

The Hunt For Red October is a neat and clean hunting for its tendency to keep the screen lit with light and breezy theme despite of being a dark nature.
August 16, 2018
a neat and clean hunting..

The Hunt For Red October

3 Out Of 5

The Hunt For Red October is a plot driven thriller feature about an underwater and unspoken battle between two nations that is tossed by a man with broken agendas.

Despite of all the chalky and cheesy material, the plot is surprisingly mature than one would expect especially in its final act. It still doesn't suggest in any way that the writing is smart or even gripping, in fact it is the weakest link of all in its initial stages.

By now, it is clear that the makers took way too much time to set in the plots and characters to its palpable surrounding where most of the act is saved by the star power and the presence of it that is immensely articulative like surfing on water.

Another one of its strength would be the ability to manipulate multiple characters on screen like a puppet with a mystic air presence among them that breeds nothing but uncertainty to the viewers. The camera work is appreciative and nicely done but isn't attractive or pleasing to encounter.

The adapted screenplay is not one of its pros, although its execution by the director McTiernan surpasses the shallow script in here. Connery's cunningness is challenged equally by Baldwin's attentive and humble nature along with an amazing supporting cast like Glenn, Neill and Jones.

An unexpected final act, a bit western-y dialogues and the tense environment with which it feeds itself are the high points of the feature. It is rich on technical aspects like sound effects and editing whilst falls flatly on background score and visual effects.

The Hunt For Red October is a neat and clean hunting for its tendency to keep the screen lit with light and breezy theme despite of being a dark nature.
½ August 11, 2018
The musical composition sucked, but at least the storyline and camera quality was great. I also liked how the movie made it look like this all actually happened.
July 13, 2018
This is a classic for a good reason. Alec Baldwin plays CIA analyst Jack Ryan who is responsible for tracking Sean Connery, a rouge Soviet submarine captain. The dialogue and plot had me engaged from start to finish. You could just feel the cold war tension on screen. Strong cast really delivered. Sam Neil and Scott Glenn give solid supporting performances. Sean Connery gives a fantastic perfomance that only he could give and Alec Baldwin makes me wish he got another chance to play Jack Ryan. Love the simpler action scenes from these older movies where you can actually follow what is happening on screen.
½ April 25, 2018
88% seems a bit low. Fantastic movie, still holds up pretty well. I don't know how anyone gives this less than 4stars. Maybe they're unable to follow all the nuances.
April 23, 2018
Although the Cold War is over, this movie still holds up if you can redirect your thinking to any adversary. But it perfectly embodies what our fears entailed during this period and grips you with its action and story telling. This movie is one of the greatest political thrillers of all time, and the acting by Connery, Neill and Baldwin is tremendous.
½ April 11, 2018
handsomely directed with a brilliant, perceptive dual narrative that plays each other magnificently. even when not on screen together, connery and baldwin illustrate acute understanding of each other's motives.
½ February 25, 2018
It's attractively suspenseful throughout and timely for its cold war setting, but Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin surprisingly don't give their best performances here.
February 11, 2018
Enjoyable submarine/war movie. Crimson Tide is better, but this is very enjoyable, once you accept the Russian with the Scottish brogue !
½ January 26, 2018
A nigh-perfect film, and by far the greatest submarine movie that I have ever seen. Oh, and it is also the absolute best entry in the Jack Ryan film series.
½ January 6, 2018
The film is quite unique and suspenseful at times. It also does have a good cast and Sean Connery gives a strong performance. Overall a good man hunt movie.
December 26, 2017
By far one of my favorite movies. The facial expression of Sean Connery's face is enough to watch this one. I know it's different from the book, but with the expected slight modifications to fit a movie audience, this is great suspense and action. I watch this one again often.
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