Feb 1, 2021
On the podcast this week, Steven and Sean are on the trail of a potential underwater madman. We’re trying to avoid nuclear catastrophe in a tense race against time with the 1990 film from John McTiernan, The Hunt for Red October.
What a way to kick off the ‘90s, right? This is a suspenseful film about a Soviet Union submarine captain trying to defect because his country was responsible for the death of his wife. This is no easy task to accomplish, especially in 1984, when this story is set. International relations between the U.S. and the Soviets was strained, to say the least.
We’ve got a defecting captain and a two warring sides who don’t really know what the hell is going on with this man’s sub. Is he going to attack the U.S.? Is he trying to screw over the Soviets by giving up all their closely held secrets?
Either way, Marko Ramius, played by peak-awesomeness Sean Connery, is in a tough position. This guy just wants to make it to safety alive, and he does it with such a calm, debonair attitude. “Oh, these subs are firing torpedoes at my sub? Ain’t no thang, we’ll just juke out these explosive life-enders and keep going on our merry way.”
If I could learn how to keep as calm as he does under intense pressure, I’d probably be able to do anything.
This is the first Jack Ryan movie, and it’s amazing. It set the standard for films starring relatively unassuming office workers who find themselves trying to save the world. A young Alec Baldwin stars as Ryan, a stable counterpart to Ramius. The confidence these two men possess is needed in a film that’s chock-full of other people who are just freaking the hell out all the time.
It all makes for a compelling and exciting film that holds up and will continue to be an excellent film. The technology we see here is certainly obsolete, but a superb film doesn’t stop being great just because we have iPhones now. This one is top-notch and you’d do yourself a favor to see it.
(Recorded on December 14, 2020)
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(What do you know, Clancy didn’t have a military career. Dude apparently had truly terrible eyesight. Minus one podcast point for Sean who said he did.)