My name is Spencer (formerly known as Dr. Paleo Ph.D.).
I am many things. I'm a 22-year-old, Bible-believing Christian. I trust my savior Jesus Christ above all else, and strive to follow Him unceasingly. My soul is that of the warrior's, and I seek to fulfill my duties as such. I am science-minded, and am pursuing a career in dinosaur paleontology.
I am for my God, and His Word, the Holy Bible. I am for the literal six-day interpretation of the Creation account as found in the book of Genesis. I am for my country and its military, and I will give my support to those who defend this nation and its people, even if it means that we are forced to wage war. I am for homeschooling, the rights of parents and the unborn, the Biblical family, and courtship. I am for the rights of gun owners, and believe in carrying. I am for martial arts, and advocate the study of those means necessary to protect the family, the faithful, and the defenseless. I am for the dying ways of chivalry; "Women and Children First!" is a creed well worth dying for. I am for conservatism, and did I mention that I'm also a states' rights Confederate flag-waving Rebel?
This is me.
Welcome to my blog.
"Captain, my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me. Captain, that is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave." --Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson
"God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me. That is the way all men should live, and all would be equally brave." --Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson
"Duty is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less." --Robert E. Lee
"Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen.” --Martin Luther
"Never give in—-never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy." --Winston S. Churchill
"Look! There is Jackson standing like a stone wall! Let us determine to die here today and we will conquer! Rally behind the Virginians!" --Gen. Bernard E. Bee
Reviewing the silver screen version of the books that I read is becoming common here, as you may have already noticed. And as this was based on Clancy's novel of the same name, expected this, you may have....
I will be jumping off of my book review (read that first if necessary), so this will be short. I had no issues with content, only finding mild language, which is thankfully kept fairly low. No sex (I think we merely had one sexual reference?), and even limited violence for all those sheeple moviegoers out there (unless submarines frighten them, too).
The film was well-done, and even the special effects during the underwater sequences are fair enough, given the time consideration. The acting isn't at all bad, and besides my dislike for Alec Baldwin, you could say it was above-average (Sean Connery makes a fine Ramius, and Tim Curry and Peter Firth were also noticeably good choices for their characters). This was a good military/navy/submarine film, and is quite enjoyable.
My only real issues lie with the adaptation.
Since the novel was not character-based (as noted in my review), I noticed that I did find it difficult to remember certain things while watching this. It's easy to remember who marries who in silly love stories, but trying to "transfer" all of this in my mind was slightly more difficult. (For instance, did this happen on a ship, or a helicopter? Was it on a destroyer, or a carrier? Was it before this CIA meeting, or after? Was it this funny-named Russian officer that did such and such, or that funny-named Russian officer that did such and such?) Only a serious fan-project could speak clearly on this matter. Sorry, I'm not doing it!
Even considering the above, I did find a fair amount of changes--too many, for my purist tastes. My views on said topic may be the bane of adapting filmmakers, but honestly, a lot of the changes in this film were unnecessary.
Don't get me wrong, this movie is good and I honestly do like it, and I recommend it to moviegoers, but...the said changes just annoyed me a little bit.