Dennis D. McDonald (ddmcd@ddmcd.com) consults from Alexandria Virginia. His services include writing & research, proposal development, and project management. Follow him on Google+. He publishes on CTOvision.com and aNewDomain and volunteers with the Alexandria Film Festival. He is also on Linkedin. To subscribe to emailed updates about additions to this web site click here.

Todd Robinson's PHANTOM

Movie review by Dennis D. McDonald

Ed HarrisThis Cold War submarine spy thriller is a real winner. Ed Harris excels as the nearly retired captain of an end of service life Russian nuclear missile submarine. Reluctantly he receives one last assignment. Onboard is a rogue set of KGB agents who are testing a fancy acoustic cloaking device they say will change the balance of power against the Americans. But that’s not why they’re really there. The captain realizes that — but only too late.

The cast, photography, editing, sound, and characters are excellent. Why I have never heard of this 2013 movie I don’t know. If you’re a fan of movies like Hunt for Red October this is the movie for you. Plot twists abound but the real focus is the interplay among the characters. Dialogue and acting are top-flight. Highly recommended.

Text copyright (c) 2014 by Dennis D. McDonald

 

Toa Fraser's DEAN SPANLEY

Toa Fraser's DEAN SPANLEY

Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, & Lana Wachowski's CLOUD ATLAS

Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, & Lana Wachowski's CLOUD ATLAS