Crimson Tide is surely a wave that comes and goes but as far as it keeps hitting the surface, it gives you a one big wallop of sweat and war inducing debate.
Scott’s bull fight of the lead actors going head to head on screen for a better, stronger, smarter punch is persistently convincing us to invest in their ideologies despite of having a non-gripping screenplay. It is surely a mature script. A well balanced and calculative that grims behind the screen for judging you as per the decisions you land upon. Surprisingly, the tense environment that is created which you fret upon will wear down at some point, proves you wrong as the feature ages on screen. And it is not because of its often fumbling script but because of the persona, charisma, and the performance of the cast.
Seeking the power for their own reasonings and strong beliefs, Washington and Hackman steals your breath away everytime they share the screen. Washington’s merrier and self-righteous portrayal is a straight bullet fired that demands attention. On the other hand, Hackman’s provocative and the most human of all role amongst its cast is the apt challenge for Washington to overpower. This well constructed script maybe your textbook thriller drama, but the source from which it extracts the potential to drive this vehicle on both the direction is pure pop chase fun.
It depicts nature of each character at its best. And since the source or threat that fuels their decision is mutual, the perspective that varies couldn’t be more clear. Having said that, it doesn’t suggest that it doesn’t have any weak moments. Often or not, it takes its time and over chews stuff for a cinematic purpose. But the fabrication of this submarine is too authentic and grounded for you to fall for such distractions. Crimson Tide is surely a wave that comes and goes but as far as it keeps hitting the surface, it gives you a one big wallop of sweat and war inducing debate.