REVIEW: The Hunt for Red October (1990)

Part 1 of 2 of a Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan duo shown on Universal HD.
Summary: At the height of the Cold War, a Russian sub commander decides to defect with his state-of-the-art nuclear submarine equipped with a prototype silent-running drive. He tells the Russian government of his intentions, and they send their fleet after him. The Americans are told that he’s gone rouge and will attack the US, so they send their fleet after him. Only one American believes that he means to defect: CIA analyst Jack Ryan.

Thoughts: I’ve always liked this movie. It was one of the movies that almost convinced me to join the Navy when I was a teenager, until I realized that I’m literally not built for such things. How can any movie go wrong that stars Jack Donaghy and the original James Bond, with supporting roles by Dr. Alan Grant, Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Dr. Beverly Crusher, Principal Edward R. Rooney, a former presidential candidate, and of course, Mufasa.

It’s well acted (obviously), and the plot is somewhat believable just like most of Tom Clancy’s work. I love that the Russian captain is so smart and wants to defect to promote peace, but also sends a letter to the government saying “nana-nana-boo-boo, I’m taking your new sub!” To be so coolly calculating yet so cocky makes him a great character.

I just realized that this is directed by John McTiernan, the same guy who directed had just finished Predator and Die Hard, then moved on to this. Impressive.

Overall: I enjoy the hunt.

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