The following blog has spoilers for the Tom Clancy flim The Hunt For Red October this your one and only warning.
Based on Tom Clancy’s bestseller directed by John McTiernan starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin, The Hunt for Red October seethes with high tech excitement and sweats with the tension of the men who holds doomsday in their hands.
A new technologically superior Soviet nuclear sub the red october he’s heading for the US Coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius, the American government thinks Ramius is planning to attack a long CIA analyst has a different idea he thinks Ramius is planning to defect, but he has only a few hours to find him and prove it because the entire Russian Navy and Air commands are trying to find him too the hunt is on !
Chapter Four – Ryan’s Briefing – 0:32:06 – 0:41:23
Greer is waiting for Ryan outside a unknown building, We have shot of the white house in the background and follow Ryan as he walks inside
Ryan asks Greer exactly what has gone on and Greer turns around and says that it’s no longer research exercise, they walk to a lift in and Greer pulls out a key and get the lift moving. Ryan then gives Greer the information about the silent propulsion system but Greer already knows they have submarine tailing the October and they have lost it now. He then hands Ryan paperwork and tells him to read it.
The paper says that most of the Russian submarine fleet are out, The lift stops and Greer gets out Ryan stay still reading pages but within a few seconds then head down Ryan walk after Greer,Then Ryan stops Reading to notice a sign saying White House briefing and only then asks were they going it a briefing for a Jeffrey Pelt national Security advisor and a few other people, Ryan asks who giving the briefing Greer tells him he is all he’s got to do is talk. as he’s the only one who truly understands the information about the submarine.
Nervously Ryan stumbles through the briefing about how in the last 24 hours the Russian navy have been acting strangely first the Red October took to sea and her propulsion system. He then says it’s enabled the red october to slip past the Dallas at the same time the Russian navy put to sea. There are now 58 nuclear submarines heading into the North Atlantic, A man at the head of the table asks Greer want conclusions can be drawn he thinks it could be an exercise to of the people at the table do not believe it so,
A second man then says Ramius sent the head of the Russian fleet a letter, Ryan tell Greer that it’s Ramius’s wife uncle, The contents of a letter are unknown but after a meeting with the Russian Premier the fleet was ordered out to look for the Red October and sink her.
All the voices on the table Talk at once they all think that ramius is a madman, but Ryan and Greer just watch, then something in Ryan’s head gives him an idea he ask Greer the date which is the 23th he hits the table with the flat of his hand and everyone stops talking and look at him.
The man at the head of the table asks if he would like to add anything else to the discussion and Ryan says there may be another possibility, Ramius maybe trying to defect to which one of the admiral s try shoot down but the head of the table tells Ryan to carry on, right then goes on to explain the Ramius has train most of the officers aboard his ship and has put in place people that can help him and the fact that he’s not Russian but in fact Lithuanian raised by his grandfather a fisherman he has no children no ties and today is the first anniversary of his wife death, Again the admiral trys to
But Ryan tells him that he knows Ramius and has meet him once, the admiral moves back in his chair. The guy at the head of the table asks how long does Ramius you have to be in the position to be able to launch his missiles and the answer is four days. The head of the table ends the meeting but tells Ryan to says, He wants to know want Ryan has planned simple grab the boat but is not an airplane is a huge submarine.
They need contact the American submarines directly if the Russians get hold of what they have planned things will go Rye next they have to devise a plan to get a few people on board call to Coast Guard inspection and third some how contact Ramius directly and find out what his plans truly are. And the answer the other guy comes up with is when does Ryan leave, to which Ryan is no best please about pointing out that he is only analyst and had no field training. But no matter Ryan is going.
The differences between the book and the film –
There are many differences in this chapter that the one in the book the first one being the place, in the book it takes place in the white house and deep inside the Situation at the presidents request, but here we have Greer leaving Ryan into a unknown building and only when they are half way there does Ryan question wants going on.
Second is Ryan himself he’s the only speaker here but in the book Ryan is introduced by Judge Moore then goes in the speech which in the book is an extremely huge technical exercise he also mentions going to see Skip and he’s the one who tells the president about the letter Ramius sent.
Third the history that Ryan gives to explain Ramius actions, in the book it was his grandmother that raised him and the fact his father was a good Party member but meeting a fisherman on the coast decided him to take On A Life at Sea, Yet here it was his grandfather a fisherman, Also the timeline is kicked out the window the book is spread out over the course of 18 days and few years have past since the death of Ramius’s wife here its the first anniversary and Jack is given three days.
What I think -Well the flim has just become a pressure cooker, with the weigh of it all now squarely on Ryan shoulders, In the book he’s a bookman more about the numbers and the what if ideas, we the people around him giving, him ideas and information to work with.
He still understands the man Ramius but the flim shows him a man of off the wall thinking taking hold of the Red October was Skip Tyler idea and only then after doing some research.
The fact that the president is not seen in this meeting does somewhat change things Ryan is shown to be the smartest man in the room the Admirals a fixed on the idea of what ramius could do with the nuclear missiles he has and it’s writing that says he may be detecting.
I can understand why they did this make Ryan the reluctant star of the story it works very well if your trying to establish a character study of what a man can do given the right tools.
Also Ramius’s history tweaked little bit so Ryan can have his moment of insight pushing the man at the head of the table into action.
I know it’s a long blog entry for something which is really a very short scene and only serves a purpose to drive home the point that Ryan is a very clever person and has the ability to work outside the box as it were. but it also changes the slow pace for the book into a action driven Blockbuster film.
Well that’s your chapter from the Red October flim for is week, as always if you have done thanks for reading and I hope you can join me next week for chapter five called Sub Plots.