Crimson Tide

Crimson Tide ★★★★

MILITARY DUDES YELLING TECHNICAL STUFF AT EACH OTHER!

Actually this entry in the Simpson/Bruckheimer/Tony Scott oeuvre of grandstanding spectacles of machismo is a peculiar anomaly: despite the heavy testosterone quotient, it's also an exceedingly nuanced character study. The script, even with the conspicuous punch ups from Tarantino, is tight as a drum, and the two leads go to town with it—these are among their best performances on record. The movie also looks ridiculously good; Scott's aesthetic may have felt highly commercial at the time but the cinematography by Dariusz Wolski has held up pristinely. It all adds up to a rare Hollywood actioner that feels substantial and truly satisfying.

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