The Hunt for Red October (1990 Film) Review

The Hunt for Red October 1990 movie poster

I had heard of Tom Clancy’s novels and some of his movies for quite some time. The only thing Tom Clancy related I’ve known well were the video games based on his work. The Hunt For Red October was the first film based on his work, which also happened to be his first book too. It was also one of the last Cold War movies to actually be released during the Cold War.

Sean Connery The Hunt for Red October 1990 movie

The plot begins with the Soviet Union’s new submarine called the Red October. It is more advanced than any other of its kind, mainly because it can easily hide from sonar. This causes panic for many leaders in the U.S. military. The Red October’s commander Marko Ramius has a secret plan that will make Moscow furious.

Alec Baldwin as Jack Ryan The Hunt for Red October 1990 movie

A CIA analyst named Jack Ryan figures out Ramius’ motivation. He wants to defect to the United States, and take the Red October with him. Not many believe his predictions, as Ramius has not told anyone in the United States his plan. Especially as the Soviet Union has convinced the United States that Ramius has suffered a mental breakdown and has gone rogue.

The Hunt for Red October 1990 movie Sean Connery Tom Clancy

Even though the movie (and book) is fairly old, I still thought it was a wonderful and very exciting film. Some of the special effects were good enough not to be laughable in 2015. The novel was Tom Clancy’s first success for good reason, and from what I understand the movie was faithful enough to the book. I never doubted Clancy’s reputation as an author, but I now see the appeal.

Score: A-

Published by Adam (Neko Random)

Nerdy guy who loves video games, movies, history, tv, and trivia.

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