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Great Movie - Racial Focus Should be Ignored
Reviewed in the United States on March 15, 2021
1. I am born and raised in Alabama.
2. I took classes at the U of A and worked there for 11 years.
3. I am a lifelong Crimson Tide fan.
4. Gene Hackman and Denzel are two of my favorite actors.
5. Including in-laws we have six retired Colonels in our extended family.
This movie is excellent. Tons of drama. Conflict not only with the Russians, but between two alpha-dog officers.
All officers on-board are put in an untenable position of loyalty to their leader coupled with adherence to the Military Code.
Hackman, who served in the Navy (as a Marine), is always believable and does a good job of being a crusty, get'ur done Captain. Denzel is also a great actor. The two of them together is just good acting. Period.
I would rate this movie 5 Stars except for two things:
1. The racial issue seems far too contrived.
Almost every single older black career military man I have met told me the military was the closest thing to color-blind they have ever experienced.
The movie plot did NOT need the gratuitous racial component. It is sad to me that such a good movie would be tainted by this kind of social commentary.
There are several great YouTube videos of Denzel Washington where his message is loud and clear: race is not an issue in the USA - work hard, live right and treat others right. This lifestyle equals success.
2. The Captain punches the Executive Officer in the face.
Even with the tense situation of the movie, I just cannot see this happening. This kind of aggressive behavior has been slowly eradicated over the years, even by 1995 standards.
Great Movie...especially for an Alabama boy. Lose the racial object lesson for 5 Stars.