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Phantom (2013)

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The haunted Captain of a Soviet submarine holds the fate of the world in his hands. Forced to leave his family behind, he is charged with leading a covert mission cloaked in mystery.

Director:

Todd Robinson

Writer:

Todd Robinson

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Harris ... Demi
David Duchovny ... Bruni
William Fichtner ... Alex
Lance Henriksen ... Markov
Johnathon Schaech ... Pavlov
Jason Beghe ... Dr. Semak
Dagmara Dominczyk ... Sophi
Derek Magyar ... Garin
Sean Patrick Flanery ... Tyrtov
Jason Gray-Stanford ... Sasha
Julian Adams ... Bavenod
Kip Pardue ... Yanis
Jordan Bridges ... Sonar Operator
Jacob Witkin Jacob Witkin ... Priest
Matt Bushell ... Sentry
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Storyline

The Cold War has cast an ominous chill over the entire globe, and when a Soviet submarine targets the U.S. Navy's Pacific fleet for nuclear attack, it appears that the final battle has begun. But Captain Dmitri Zubov has a choice - one that could pull the world back from the brink of annihilation. Meanwhile, it begins to seem as if other forces are at work on Captain Zubov's submarine. Now, in the depths of the South Pacific, Captain Zubov will fight to reconcile his past in order to ensure that there will be a future. Not just for him, but for every man, woman, and child on the planet..

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Taglines:

Indetectable. Incontrollable. Impitoyable. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Official site | Official site [Japan] | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Фантом See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$508,000, 3 March 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$489,984, 13 September 2015
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film's closing credits dedication to its dedicatee, the late director Tony Scott, reads: "Thank You, Tony Scott 1944-2012". See more »

Goofs

A modern port fully equipped with a substantial number of Gantry Cranes (used for loading/discharging Container vessels) is shown and referred to as a Naval port of 1968 Russia. There would be no use for them in a Naval port. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Demi: My crew has just returned from 76 days at sea. The Americans are massing naval assets in the Pacific. There must be a dozen boats better rested.
Markov: Squadron Command is insisting on the most experienced captain and crew available.
Demi: I'm being retired, remember? You should know that. Your signature is all over the transfer. Even if I wasn't, my boat will be in dry dock for months.
Markov: You won't be sailing your boat. You'll be sailing the B-67.
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Ja Milogo
Written by Alex Kharlamov
Performed by Alex Kharlamov and Anastasia Nemirovich-Danchecnko
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Russians as real people, for a change
29 September 2013 | by mail-978-69761See all my reviews

The absence of thick accents almost makes you miss the fact that Phantom is set in cold-war Russia. That, and the presentation of the characters as real people, not your mediocre Party worshipping, vodka glugging, every-sentence-with-comrade-ending Soviet stereotype.

That's just one factor which makes the movie worth watching. Ed Harris plays his role as epileptic submarine captain with a similar character profile to his Major Koenig in Enemy At The Gates, with a little more personality thrown in this time. His vulnerability adds shades of meaning to his grit and courage as he and his supporters stave off a mutiny. William Fichtner and Jason Beghe play their supporting roles admirably, while Johnathon Schaech plays nearly to perfection the indecisive political officer. However, David Duchovny fails to impress in his role as ideological antagonist, and seems to be the only poor casting choice.

The plot, by itself, does little to stand out. The combat sequences are adequately executed; I feel that the levels of suspense generated could have been taken up a notch or two. There are moments where the dialogue could have delved deeper; the debate between Harris and Duchovny over the necessity of a missile launch being a case in point. None of these failings, however, take away from the movie its human portrayal of the Russian submarine crew, and that alone makes this movie worth watching.


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