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(PC, LLL, VV, M) Politically correct, humanist worldview which treats the subject of nuclear threat & misuse of military power as a way of undermining trust in American military & judicial process; 45 obscenities, 9 profanities & several racial slurs; violence -- 2 fistfights with bloodletting, men trapped in flooding submarine room, man hits head as torpedo strikes submarine, & threats with guns; and, smoking.
In THE CRIMSON TIDE, a renegade Russian General is threatening a nuclear attack on America. The power to respond lies in the hands of three men: the president of the United States, the President of the Russia and the Captain of the USS Alabama nuclear submarine, Ramsey (Gene Hackman). After the first Emergency Action Message from Washington commands the Alabama to prepare to fire its nuclear missiles against the Russian rebels, the electronic systems fail, cutting off further instructions from Washington. The Captain wants to fire the missiles; his new executive officer, Lt. Commander Hunter (Denzel Washington), wants to reestablish contact with Washington to confirm the attack. This conflict gives rise to mutiny with only 24 minutes to launch. CRIMSON TIDE unravels layers of stinging conflict, but, regrettably, at the end, the writer concludes an otherwise good script with the cowardly dilution of values and absolutes.
Outstanding acting skillfully highlighted by a superior use of lighting, special effects and editing makes this film’s 115 minutes race. Regrettably, the intrigue of the unexpected which flows so beautifully up to the film’s final scenes comes to a screeching halt in the end, and everyone involved looses their grit: the captain, the XO, the judicial system, and the writer!