Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Then There Was "The Hunt for Red October"

Although hardly a Michael J. Fox romance, there's hardly any violence with only three deaders for the run of it (i.e. the Political Officer, Vasily the XO, and the Saboteur at the end).  The submarine exploding at the end was a colorful touch but it's never really happened except in Tom Clancy's fertile mind.

There were some first class explosions but the only the last which Clancy invented killed anyone.  There had to have been tons of CGI for the movie but none of it was to create a gorefest.

Mostly it's the portrait of Sean Connery which is compelling.

Photographer:  unknown (from the movie)

Such a magnificent face without a hunt of plasticine embellishment, only the wrinkles we earn over years.  The picture is from the start of the movie as he looks into the Future since only he and his officers know the plan and only he knows all of it.  All the more magnificent is his intention to defect with the submarine for the purpose of world peace.

Zen Yogi: he could be "Miss Congeniality"

All we are saying ... is give peace a chance.

This movie is the only time I've regarded Alec Baldwin as an actor rather than some raving lunatic since he was tight with this one and he didn't overplay it with Playdoh schmaltz as in his late-night tv feature show.

The edits are a great part of it since they're fast enough to keep the dynamic alive but not so fast it feels there's any attempt to create an artificial sense of excitement.

You may find it distasteful to see the cuddly relationship with the CIA but attribute that to Clancy.  Besides, whether that relationship is portrayed accurately is only secondary to the much bigger point about disarmament through turning over a weapon whose only purpose is as an undetectable, first strike, and close range destroyer.  Connery operates with the most noble possible objective and the CIA will fail in that comparison anyway.

The jam with the movie makes for a great Rockhouse vibe plus all that crazy submarine photography, CGI as it had to have been, made for some seriously tripped video coolness.  All of that was integrated with excellent edits to make the movie one smoothly told story.  Suspension of disbelief is no trouble as it unfolds since, oh, yeah, that could happen.

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