‘Phantom,’ reviewed by Marshall Fine


By its nature, movies set aboard submarines should come with built-in suspense.

If the story is set during a war, well, there’s always the threat of attack. Even during peacetime, submarines are tense settings: the claustrophobia factor, the ever-present possibility of mechanical failure, that whole trapped-at-the-bottom of the ocean thing.

And then, of course, there’s always the threat of a giant squid. (Sorry, I saw “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” too many times when I was a kid.)

Todd Robinson’s “Phantom,” however, tries to have it both ways: the implied threat of the setting, the possibility of war – and the potential of a haunted ship.

Wait – what?

This review continues on my website.

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