The Hunt for Red October Reviews
Saw this on 14/10/16
A predictable submarine film with a lethargic pacing and no thrills to boost itself. The VFX is ok, but it did not stand the test of time. If anything saves it, then its the cast.
Intriguing, near-classic. Soviet Union submarine captain heads for America but not for war purposes. Only liabilities: occasional confusing moments, murkily photographed underwater sequences; otherwise a must-see. The first and best of the "Jack Ryan" series by Tom Clancy. Sound Effects Editing won an Oscar. Followed by PATRIOT GAMES, CLEAR AND PRESIDENT'S DANGER, and THE SUM OF ALL FEARS.
Great performances from Connery, Baldwin, and Neill. JEJ does a pretty good job too.
I've not read the book so I cannot pass any comment or comparison on that. However I wish there was a bit more action and I would liked a bit more depth (no pun intended!). It would have been good to have some more character development from Ryan (Alec Baldwin) and Ramius (Sean Connery). The film definitely has it's moments and has plenty of suspense but all in all it felt like a bit of an anti-climax to me.