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Phantom

  • Crime/detective
  • Drama
  • 2013
  • Todd Robinson
  • 94 mins
  • 15

Summary

A Soviet submarine captain haunted by his past is suspicious when a KGB operative is assigned to his vessel before it sets off on a classified mission. He discovers the agent intends to use the sub's nuclear weapons to ignite conflict between America and China, leaving him with the task of preventing a Third World War. Cold War thriller, starring Ed Harris and David Duchovny

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

In this lacklustre imitation of the classic submarine thriller, Ed Harris stars as a disgraced Russian captain who must outwit a government agent (David Duchovny) intent on starting a third world war. While the set and cast look the part, this standard aquatic thriller floats along at an agonising pace. Dragged down by a stilted script, what should be an exercise in claustrophobic tension instead becomes tedious. Instead of action and suspense much of the plot relies on dreary conversations held between Harris and Duchovny, heavy on sarcasm but low on threat. On the odd occasion when something unexpected comes along, it's far too silly to be credible. Harris soldiers on earnestly, aided by second-in-command William Fichtner, but they're up against a brick wall in Duchovny, who mistakes smirking for mystery. As it concludes in a very unsatisfactory manner, Phantom's committed star deserves a lot better than a script that seems happy to trundle along without incident.

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Credits

Cast

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Captain Dmitri "Demi" ZubovEd Harris
BruniDavid Duchovny
Alex KozlovWilliam Fichtner
Vladimir MarkovLance Henriksen
PavlovJohnathon Schaech
Dr SemakJason Beghe
TyrtovSean Patrick Flanery
SophiDagmara Dominczyk
SashaJason Gray-Stanford
BavenodJulian Adams

Crew

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DirectorTodd Robinson

Details

Languages
English | Japanese
Guidance
Violence
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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