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 Seven- Evasive Action – 1:02:47 -1:08:21
The screen goes white and then in green letters we are given the information are foxtrot 692 Soviet anti submarine aircraft south of Iceland, as the camera tracks out we are shown the interior of the aircraft there are several people working at each control panel, Back on the red october Ramius he’s talking to the engineer and says his entire strategy depends on then getting the caterpillar drive back up and running is interrupted however by one of the sauna operators telling them that they have been overflown by an aircraft.
Ramius used cars for battle stations, as they have run out of time for another strategy and orders countermeasures to be released.
The radar operator on the plane bequests permission to drop a missile into the water and permission is granted by the captain of the Raider plane the torpedo hits the water and the sonar operator tells ramius it is now active, and He orders countermeasures to be launched.
One of the crew members questions Ramius orders about the countermeasures not working and the fact that they have no room to manoeuvre the red october through the canyon the torpedoes then runs straight through the counter measures and then reacquires then.
As torpedo closes in on them and they make their way down through the cavernous seabed Ramius still delays the order for turning by several seconds and the crew member who questioned Ramius requests that Borodin gives the order to make the turn but he doesn’t,
Several more seconds go by and nobody says anything, Then Ramius gives the order to sound collision and then the order to make the turn, frantically the crew carry out his orders as the torpedo slowly closes in.
The torpedo hits the wall and the crew of the October are very shaken up, and one member of the crew yells out that they really shooting at us and questions why Borodin tells him if they were really shooting at them they would dead by now.
Deep in the engine room, The problem with the Caterpillar Drive has been found someone has took out the buffer circuit and it was only a matter of time that it would Go critical and cause catastrophic failure work has been carried out by somebody that knew that it would not be easy to find in simple words they have a Saboteur aboard, Ramius knows It can’t be one of his officers as they had all the time in the world to do it before they see it must be one of the crew the orders Borodin to look in the political officers quarters at his files.
The differences between book and film –
Are the differences are quite strong we do not get the whole Russian Navy sending coded communication between each one and the laying of the sonar buoys we have in fact one loan plane and a trader contact with the red october which causes, the some problems. And several of the crew to question Ramius as he deals with the torpedo, also missing is the painstaking work carried out by the engineers on the Caterpillar drive as they find out the saboteur work, here we are shown a broken piece of equipment and Ramius talking about having to take the crew off sooner than he planned.
What I Think –
It may be a more condensed version of what several chapters of the book would do but here for me it works better it shows ramius at odds with not only the Russian military machine but also several members of his crew the people that question him are not jis offices, they are his younger crew members and several pages of dialogue are removed simply with the look each one of them give him, At the end of the torpedo run. We even see him work out is next move when he finds out the caterpillar Drive has been sabotaged.
So that’s your chapter from the Red October flim for this week, But always if you have done thanks for reading and I hope you can join me next week for chapter eight called Carzy Ivans