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 Twelve – Battle Station – 1:50:58 -2:03:49
James Greer asks were the torpedo has come from and we are showing a shot of a Russian submarine running to intercept the red october it turns out there fired a torpedo but missed as their settings were wrong, We then cut to the Red October with Ramius giving orders to get the Mimi sub off his boat (again he appears to be speaking English) The Doctor and the other crew believe Ramius is now fighting the Americans for his life.
Back on the October Ramius tells Borodin to take fire control and then tells Ryan to take the helm, Ryan is very quick to point out that he’s CIA not navy but Ramius makes him sit anyway explaining want he needs him to do. Jones takes the sonar giving the Position of the Russian submarine.
Ramius shows Ryan which buttons and dials to make the Maneuvers he needs to Back on the Dallas they switch to battle stations and make the same maneuver, the new torpedo is heading for the October Ramius orders Ryan to move towards it. Mancuso tells Ryan not to do this but Ryan goes a head and follows Ramius both the crew of the Dallas and Mancuso can’t believe it.
Ramius still wants more power heading towards the torpedo, on the Dallas the COB now acting captain asks for a firing solution for the second Russian submarine but he’s told he can’t have one because the Russians did not attack the Americans the torpedo still continues its course towards the Red October at everybody apart from ramius becomes nervous.
In fact Ramius calmly asks Ryan what kind of books he wrote taking a back a little Ryan answers to question and it turns out that Ramius knows about the book The torpedo hits the Red October but does not explode Ryan turns to Mancuso and asks what happened and Mancuso tells him that by turning into the torpedo Heath close to the distance between it and it’s self harming mechanism which therefore it came non active. Ramius says that captain of the Russian submarine will now be removing the mechanism so as soon as the fire another torpedo it will be active
Ramius is about to give another order when two shots are find across the room and hit the control panel and everybody get down on the floor, Borodin is now dead Either by the ricochet from the control panel or with a bullet. His last words are that he wishes to see Montana. Ramius is lost for words
Then there is the sound of bleeping from a secondary control panel and one of the crew members points out to ramius that the missile in one of the silos is being harmed by the guy who was shooting the gun. Ramius gives comand of the Red October over to Mancuso and goes after the shooting as he does so Mancuso hands over his side arm.
On the Russian submarine there are doing just want Ramius said removing the the safety of the torpedoes and they head deeper into the submarine Ryan and Ramius are shot at once again Ramius getting hit, Ryan then goes after the guy leaving Ramius
The Russian now have the torpedos free and start to make the turn to face the Red October, Mancuso tells the conn officer to get the counter Measures ready, Ryan climbs on to the catwalk as he does so he makes a joke Repeated what ramius talking about shooting bullets. He drops a light from the catwalk and this makes the shoot fire wide hitting a water pipe in turn coveing Ryan.
The Russian submarine is now facing the Red October and the captain gives the order to fire but the office tells him they are to close so the captain presses the button himself, the torpedo is away. Everyone on the Red October braces themselves but the Dallas moves in from the left making noise so the torpedo follows them and as they hit the Surface of the ocean they released countermeasures. It works and the torpedo turns and heads back the way it came.
Ryan is still hunting the shooter, he able to get behind him, its the cook Ryan see him holding two wires in Russian he tells him “Captain scared’em out of the water” the two men Stare at each other for a few seconds then opens up and puts three bullets into the gentleman.
The torpedo is still coming as Ryan and Ramius make it back to the bridge Mancuso is heading towards the other Russian submarine with torpedo behind them, Mancuso gives the order and pulls to the right the torpedo hit the Russian submarine and blows up. the Red October crew in the boats thinks its Ramius.
The differences between the book and film – We shall start with the crew of the Red October, there are left out in the cold, in the book there are taken aboard one the ship feed and then put on airplane taken though the streets of Washington DC. But will still do get them believing Ramius is trying to save them from the Americas.
However on the inside of the October is were things do Depart quite rapidly from the text. We have the gun man but in the book he’s found in the lowest part of the October he doesn’t go towards the new people on the bridge, we also have the death of Borodin here which doesn’t happen in fact, He takes over when Ramius is shot and we get the doctor flying out to save him,
The fight between the ships is almost the same but the Surface ships are not used just there to witness and save the Russian crewmen
What I think – I can understand why the rescuing of the Russian crew doesn’t take place or if it does it’s done off screen as the budget would have not stretched to several exterior shots and several extra ships, and you don’t kill your main lead in a film of this type but why can’t understand is why they didn’t still have the conversation between Jonesy and the sonar operator of the red october because that does show the differences between the technology and the culture.
We do finally get to see Jack Ryan as the hero peace but it is somewhat reluctantly because he stares down the Russian cook before opening his pistol side arm on him, which in the book is quite a laborious Effort on Jack Ryan’s party but here is done by a couple of quick glances and a shot or so of the torpedo as heads towards the Red October.
All in all it is a good simpler version of the chapter in the book and does even though missing out several key points and killing off a character which is unnecessary in my view, We have the safe Rescue and retrieval of the red October’s crew and The defection of her offices
So that’s your chapter from the Red October flim for this week, But as always if you have done thanks for reading and I hope you can join me next week for the last chapter on this DVD and the end of the flim Home Free.