‘Ed Harris’ plays the captain of a Cold War Soviet missile submarine who has secretly been suffering from seizures that alter his perception of reality. Forced to leave his wife and daughter, he is rushed into a classified mission, where he is haunted by his past and challenged by a rogue KGB group (led by David Duchovny) bent on seizing control of the ship’s nuclear missile. With the fate of humanity in his hands, Harris discovers he’s been chosen for this mission in the belief he would fail. ‘Phantom’ is a suspense submarine thriller about extraordinary men facing impossible choices.









Film information

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Release date: Mar 1, 2013
MPAA rating: Rated R for violence
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Runtime: 98 min
Movie Reviews:
  • 75
    ReelViews - by James Berardinelli
    Much of what's contained in Phantom is at best speculative and at worst completely made-up. But, regardless of the accuracy, it makes for compelling viewing. Phantom is one of the best films of a lousy early 2013 release roster. more

  • 60
    Time Out New York - by Michael Atkinson
    Manly, sharp-edged submarine B movies don’t come along often anymore — so consider this Cold War off-white-knuckler a welcome blast of recycled air. more

  • 50
    Washington Post - by Ann Hornaday
    Intriguing, if uneven, thriller. ...

  • 50
    New York Post - by Lou Lumenick
    Todd Robinson’s Phantom gives us a couple of things we haven’t seen in a while: the great Ed Harris and a Cold War submarine thriller. It’s not something you want to plunk down $12 for, but just diverting enough to check out when it arrives on Netflix Instant. ...

  • 50
    USA Today - by Claudia Puig
    The combination of tight close-ups and jarring camera work might require a dose of Dramamine. Better yet, give this movie a wide berth and check out a superb film set in a submarine, the 1981 classic "Das Boot." more

  • 50
    Portland Oregonian - by Stephen Whitty
    In the end, The Phantom remains mediocre, with flat cinematography and crude dialogue. more

  • 50
    Boston Globe - by Tom Russo
    The crew doesn’t much look the part either, save for Schaech’s Stalin ’stache. Yet the movie does show the ability to get past this, even with the weight of all its narratively risky conspiracy theorizing. It’s a shame the intrigue has to get torpedoed by elements that mostly feel correctable. more

  • 50
    Chicago Tribune - by Michael Phillips
    Robinson is undone partly by his own workmanlike touch as a writer, and partly by matters of casting. I like Harris, and he's quite moving here, but every time Duchovny reappears the overall energy level sinks to crush depth. more

  • 50
    New York Observer - by Rex Reed
    To be honest, I can rarely recall any film, on any subject, that made less sense. more

  • 42 - by Laremy Legel
    The idea of the film is certainly clever enough, it’s the execution that lacks finesse. more

  • 30
    The Hollywood Reporter - by Frank Scheck
    Despite the world-changing ramifications inherent to the plot, the results are more tedious than thrilling. more

  • 30
    Village Voice - by Chris Packham
    The ensuing suspense story is a pastiche of familiar tropes—effectively paced, but without originality. And what is up with combinations of Ed Harris, water, and unbelievably hokey endings? more

  • 30
    Variety - by Justin Chang
    The potential for screw-tightening suspense gets lost amid the ineffectual dramatics in Phantom, a feeble fictionalization of a crucial but little-known moment when a rogue Soviet submarine brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. ...

  • 25
    San Francisco Chronicle - by Walter Addiego
    Heavy-handed dialogue, flurries of melodrama and a silly ending make the whole enterprise sink like a stone. more

  • 25
    Slant Magazine - by Nick Schager
    Todd Robinson's film is a third-rate submarine-set drama until, in its final moments, it sinks to fourth-rate. more

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User Comments & Reviews

  1. Liana Shimunova

    t’s an okay military thriller. But considering the real-life story behind the tale, it could and should have been so much more. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)