‘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.









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Release date: Mar 1, 2013
MPAA rating: Rated R for violence
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Runtime: 98 min
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  • 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

  • 50
    Chicago Sun-Times - by Richard Roeper
    Ed Harris in Phantom is like Steve Carlton with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1972 — delivering a wall-to-wall, amazing performance that's lost in a sea of dreadfulness. more

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

  • 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. more

  • 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
    The A.V. Club - by Scott Tobias
    Though pitched as a thriller, Robinson’s woefully underbudgeted film plays instead like a chamber drama, so simple and unadorned that it could just as easily be staged as an off-off-Broadway play without anyone telling the difference. And that isn’t entirely to the film’s detriment, either: With a cast choked with great character actors like Ed Harris, William Fichtner, and Lance Henriksen, less is sometimes more. 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

  • 50
    Movie Nation - by Roger Moore
    Robinson manages some suspense, but the thriller’s ticking clock is a weak one. more

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

  • 40
    NPR - by Mark Jenkins
    The newest model of the old submarine-from-hell picture. 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

  • 0
    The New York Times - by Jeannette Catsoulis
    The dialogue is dreadful (though we are at least spared the usual hokey Russian accents) and the wrap-up ridiculous, the only mystery being why this peculiarity was ever greenlighted at all. ...

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