Plot – In November 1984, the Soviet Union’s best submarine captain in their newest sub violates orders and heads for the U.S. Is he trying to defect or to start a war – The Hunt for the Red October
Director – John McTiernan
Released – 1990
The first time I watched The Hunt for the Red October was on a beat-up VHS tape and I’ve loved it ever since, sure, it’s not the most realistic of submarine movies and sure it doesn’t stick entirely to Tom Clancy’s novel, but I must’ve watched this movie over a dozen times since my first viewing and each time it gets better and more gripping.
Better known for Die Hard and Predator director John McTiernan does an excellent job of turning a tension-filled novel into a tension-filled and compelling movie that leaves you feeling like you’ve just gone on an adrenaline-fuelled adventure.
With Alec Baldwin the perfect person to play Jack Ryan (not that I didn’t enjoy Harrison Ford in later Clancy adaptations), bringing with him the right level of determination, courage and genius you associate with this noble character. Sadly, since The Hunt for the Red October, McTiernan has failed to reach these heights again, but what he did to make submarine thrillers enjoyable for the first time since Das Boot can never be forgotten.
For fans of: Crimson Tide, Black Sea, The Command