This movie is a combination of two older movies: "The Hunt for Red October" and "The Bedford Incident." It's like "The Hunt for Red October" because of the submarine, which I suppose makes it like "Das Boot" and "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea," if you want to look at it that way. It's like "The Bedford Incident," a movie from 1965, because of the tension between a black man and a white man who are both on a sea-going vessel that has nuclear weapons and at some point poses a threat to world peace.
In this movie, Gene Hackman plays the white guy and Denzel Washington plays the black guy; Hackman is the captain of the sub and Washington is his new executive assistant.
Perhaps the most annoying thing about this movie is that pandemic movie freak, Quentin Tarantino, contributed some rewrites to the script to make it more hip. Some movie executive must have thought the younger generation wouldn't understand the implication of Hackman firing thirty or forty nuclear missiles (hint: "bad") unless there were some accompanying references to the Silver Surfer and Star Trek.
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