Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Silent War 2013

     This film is based on the true story of the underwater war between the US, UK and Soviet submarines in the second half of the 20th century.  The three countries sailed secretly around each other and tracked each other to deter a nuclear war.  A typical mission was two to three months at a time.  Traveling at the surface was a luxury as well as sunlight, fresh air, fresh food and showers.  It wasn’t easy to keep track of day and night plus the day of the week or year.  Other things to be worried about were the status of the atomic reactor and the sophisticated weaponry on board.  The crews were unable to talk about where they were going and what they were doing with friends and families.
     This is interesting and good.  The nuclear-powered submarine changed thinking about its use in warfare.  These boats could go faster, deeper and stay out much longer.  They were larger with complex missile launching platforms.  They were completely silent and cat-and-mouse games were played between the US and the Soviet Union.  Previously, the diesel boats were noisy and their sound patterns could be identified.  There was a lot of tension during this time that filtered down to the both the American and Soviet people and their feelings of safety.  3 ½* (I liked this movie)  

58 min each, 2 episodes, Know Your Enemy and The Russians are Coming, TV Movie, directed by David Belton and Graham Cooper.

Note:  Imdb 6.8 out of 10, The Telegraph 3* out of 5*, Amazon 4.0* out of 5* with 3 reviews.
Special Note:  I was surprised that only 3 people have watched and reviewed this film on Amazon?

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