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.

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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 extraordinary men facing impossible choices.(c) Official Site
R (for violence)
Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
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Ed Harris
as Demi
Jason Beghe
as Dr. Semak
Julian Adams
as Bavenod
Kip Pardue
as Yanis
Jordan Bridges
as Sonar Operator
Jacob Witkin
as Priest
Matt Bushell
as Sentry
Daren Flam
as Stepan
Tessa Robinson
as Demi's Daughter
Brien Perry
as Guard
Ashlyn Nicole Selich
as Sasha's Bride
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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
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The film remains mediocre, with flat cinematography and crudely anachronistic dialogue.

Full Review… | February 28, 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… | February 28, 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… | February 28, 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… | February 28, 2013
Washington Post
Top Critic

"Phantom" has a pulpy B-movie intensity and economy to match its cast of quality character actors.

Full Review… | February 28, 2013
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Audience Reviews for Phantom


In "Phantom," Demi(Ed Harris) is about to retire from the Soviet navy. His last command from Admiral Markov(Lance Henriksen) is to pilot an old diesel submarine to China in order for it to be sold to their navy. While recognizing few new faces amongst his crew now, especially those of the KGB agents assigned, at least Demi will have Kozlov(William Fichtner) back as his executive officer. But just as they are leaving, Markov shoots himself. Even with the neat setting of an ancient, claustrophobic submarine, "Phantom" still does not manage to be anything more than just the idlest bit of speculation, Cold War division. That's fueled by gigantic leaps in logic that only serve to keep the plot moving before an ending that truly beggars belief. At least, William Fichtner does his usual very fine work while Ed Harris does some subtle acting here. On the other hand, we get even more proof that David Duchovny cannot act.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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
Al 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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