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Cinemalphabet: C is for Crimson Tide (1995)

October 8, 2011

Only Hackman can sell me a ticket to an overwrought jingoistic hot buttered gem of an action film. It’s got some good tension and more, “Oh snap, it’s Tony Soprano, The Kang, Logan’s first partner and that dude on ‘Treme nobody likes” moments than you can shake a stick at. It’s Tony Scott and it’s Denzel and it’s a lot of fun. Speaking of The Kang, Viggo looks to be overtaking Ed Harris and Forest Whitaker in the race to become the next “Hackman”.

The stakes are high – missiles are about to be launched after all – so everyone in this close quarters thriller is acting as hard as they can. Despite the sub having decent acoustics everyone feels compelled to shout even the most innocuous dialogue. Hackman and Washington – baring their double fisted Oscars – pull out all the stops, acting as though their lives and future box office prospects depended on it. Never mind the fate of the free world, which is pretty much the only thing ever at stake in a Tony Scott film!

Action film fans count Crimson Tide as one of the best and I completely agree. This taut thriller packs a wallop of, “oh snap” moments, hissy fits, A-list staring contests and reversals of fortune. It’s the kind of film I watch when I’m at home feeling bitterlicious and pissed at the world. There is no bum mood that Crimson Tide can’t lift!

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  1. October 11, 2011 5:28 pm

    Truly you have an interesting prose my bitterlicious, beauty of the blogosphere. Crimson Tide is the tough talkin goods! Tony Scott rarely hits those sweet spots anymore.

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