Simply one of the best movies of all time. Directed by Tony Scott, Crimson Tide is the kind of sumptuously exciting undersea thriller that moves forward in quick, propulsive waves. The soundtrack practically sends the Alabama's deep-diving maneuvers whooshing through your intestines. As a director, Scott shapes the movie with great skill, letting the performances and the tension build honestly.
What makes Crimson Tide a riveting pop drama is the way the conflict comes to the fore in the battle between two men: the Alabama's commander, Capt. Frank Ramsey (Gene Hackman), a ballsy, cigar-chomping veteran of the Cold War, and his executive officer, Lieut. Comdr. Ron Hunter (Denzel Washington), a rising young military star with a far more ambiguous attitude toward authority.
Riveting storyline, supreme acting, haunting soundtrack. One of the best theme songs of all times. Simply fantastic.