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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. Read critic reviews

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Long-troubled by a catastrophic event for which he shares some of the blame, Soviet submarine Capt. Demi (Ed Harris), nevertheless, agrees to lead one final mission aboard the B-67, a vessel which is soon to be sold to the Chinese navy. Demi's compromised mental state leaves him ill-prepared to deal with the situation posed by a technician (David Duchovny) who -- acting on top-secret orders -- seizes control of the sub. His orders: Start World War III and shift the blame to the Chinese.

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  • Jul 14, 2015
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Apr 28, 2014
    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
  • Feb 20, 2014
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 03, 2013
    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

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