How close did the world come to a serious, serious problem that day? What really happened? Did the commander go rogue, and why?
Regarding "Phantom," here's another matter of speculation: How did this submarine movie turn out so unseaworthy?
Facts first, then opinions. This is a no-dialect movie. Nobody does a Slavic accent; rather, the American actors, chiefly
Just back from a three-month tour of duty, Capt.
The screenwriter and director
Robinson is undone partly by his own workmanlike touch as a writer, and partly by matters of casting. I like Harris, and he's quite moving here, but every time Duchovny reappears, the overall energy level sinks to crush depth. Fichtner, a longtime supporting player, clearly appreciates the opportunity to tackle a larger and more sympathetic role than usual. He conveys that enjoyment to the audience, in the service of his character. Nice job. All around him, though, "Phantom" makes a middling suspense case for its fictional scenario of what happened, down there in the depths of the Cold War.
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