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MPAA Rating: R-Rating (MPAA) for violence.
not reviewed
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Primary Audience:
Action War Suspense Thriller Drama
1 hr. 37 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
March 1, 2013 (wide—2,000+ theaters)
DVD: June 25, 2013
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FEAR, Anxiety and Worry—What does the Bible say? Answer

war in the Bible

Featuring: Ed HarrisDemi
David DuchovnyBruni
William Fichtner … Alex
Lance Henriksen … Markov
Johnathon Schaech … Pavlov
Jason Beghe … Semak
Dagmara Dominczyk … Sophi
Sean Patrick Flanery … Tyrtov
Jason Gray-Stanford … Sasha
Julian Adams … Bavenod
Kip Pardue … Yanis
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Director: Todd Robinson
Producer: RCR Media Group
Trilogy Entertainment Group
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Distributor: RCR Distribution

“You’ll never see it coming”

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Here’s what the distributor says about their film:Ed Harris plays the captain of a Cold War Soviet missile submarine who has secretly been suffering from seizures that alter his perception of reality. Forced to leave his wife and daughter, he is rushed into a classified mission, where he is haunted by his past and challenged by a rogue KGB group (led by David Duchovny) bent on seizing control of the ship’s nuclear missile. With the fate of humanity in his hands, Harris discovers has been chosen for this mission in the belief he would fail. ‘Phantom’ is a suspense submarine thriller about extraordinary men facing impossible choices.

Inspired by actual events”

Violence: Extreme / Profanity: Heavy—“Jesus Christ,” “G*d-d*mn,” “For G*d’s sakes,” “damn,” “hell” (4), f-word, s-words (8), SOB (3) / Sex/Nudity: Moderate

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Neutral—This movie could’ve been PG-13, if some gore were softened, and a couple of bad phrases changed. Overall, it is a thrilling story with moral lesson (not just a dumb action with killings all over the place). It correctly (in my opinion) compares motives for offense/defense strategies of both sides of the Cold War.

Minor issue: The movie is lacking the authenticity of being about Russian military. It’s like I was watching a movie about what would happened if these particular events of the Cold War were actually taking place in USA instead of USSR. For instance, Christianity, even in its perverse form as a Western Russian Orthodoxy, was very frown upon, and mostly prohibited, so no marriage, especially with a presence of a military authority, would have taken place.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3½
Vlad, age 36 (USA)
Movie Critics
…This talky and tedious submarine drama remains submerged. …Clearly shot on a low budget, ‘Phantom’ has the look and feel of a gussied-up television movie…
Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
The potential for screw-tightening suspense gets lost amid the ineffectual dramatics in “Phantom,” a feeble fictionalization of a crucial but little-known moment when a rogue Soviet submarine brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. …
Justin Chang, Variety
…the basis for the film’s confusing, cliché-stuffed plot is the mysterious sinking of a Soviet submarine in 1968—an event around which Mr. Robinson spins a yarn of unpardonable monotony. …
Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
…“Phantom” isn’t a cinematic masterpiece, but it tells an utterly fascinating story that turns America-first patriotism on its head. For a generation raised on Cold War paranoia, it will take some adjusting to root for the bad guy, who, in the course of faithfully serving a country not our own, just might have saved the world. … [2/4]
Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
…a modest thriller propelled by a strong cast and straightforward storytelling. … ‘Phantom’ is a relatively tight, gripping story told with efficiency that makes room for its fine roster of actors to explore old-fashioned ideas on honor and loyalty.
Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
…The caustic claustrophobia. The undersea silence inevitably punctured by explosions and gushes of water. The gravity of the usually murky missions. I, for one, happen to resonate with that kind of actioner. …
Adam R. Holz, Plugged In
…the film remains mediocre, with flat cinematography and crudely anachronistic dialogue. …the very end of the film contains yet another slight twist. But it takes too long to get there. And the journey’s not much fun at all.
Stephen Whitty, The Star-Ledger (New Jersey)

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