You know how some movies are really bad that instead of being shown in theaters, they end up directly released to DVD? Well, this one is about a couple of levels lower and released directly to the bargain bin (although the garbage bin would've been more appropriate). Aside from all sense of logic and common sense being thrown out of the window, there isn't anything vaguely original about this film as they cut out slices from other more superior movies and tried to piece together a very messy pizza of a movie that was totally predictable and an insult to any semi-intelligent person watching it.
It was essentially "Under Siege" except in a sub but they also stole scenes from "Crimson Tide" and "The Hunt For Red October" and ripped off "Air Force One" by repeatedly saying "Get Off My Sub" (by the 5th time I heard it, I was about ready to put myself in a self-induced comma). One of the fight scenes were reminiscent of "Total Recall" and when he got shot on the gut and treated his own wound, clearly an imitation of "Rambo 3". There were a couple of semi-familiar actors that played a very minor role on some semi-successful movies a million years ago but the rest of them, a collection of forgettable nobodys. The sets were decent enough but I wished they would've made more instead of using the same four ones 50 times. In the sound department, I was really annoyed by the non-stop continuous inspirational music as they had it on a little too loud that on some of the talking scenes, I could barely understand what the characters are saying. Had they have a scene of the president taking a dump in the toilet, they would have surely had loud, patriotic music blaring at the background....a moment of silence here and there would've been more appropriate. They left a lot of things unanswered so in order to save time and space, I'll list it in question form:
Where did Doc get his medical training....at 24's Jack Bauer's School Of Medicine/Counter-Terrorism Unit?
At the beginning of the movie, why was Doc given the self-destruct codes for the sub....isn't that kind of information reserved exclusively to the Captain or Executive Officer?
At the ridiculously high security level it takes to board an airplane at an airport nowadays, how come it was so easy to steal a stealth sub full of nuclear weapons (practically taking candy from a baby)?
The mercenary squad who took over the stealth sub, which most likely had specialized training in operating a sub....how come they're so incompetent in finding a doctor and his token black dude sidekick in a tight, confined spaces of a submarine?
When the mercenaries shoot, why do they keep missing and hitting the wall behind whoever they are shooting instead? Of all the people in the sub, they are the ones that are supposed to be good with firearms.
The president, his security, his staff with all the fancy high-ranking officers with the uniforms full of ribbons and medals....how come the only one working is that one female secretary that keeps coming up with new intel? Everyone else seems just to be standing around doing nothing, drink coffee, and enjoying the scenery (kinda reminds me of KFC when I try to order at the drive-thru).
God, oh god why did Doc keep saying "Get Off My Sub"? He's a doctor so what the hell does he know about submarine operation when his duty station is the infirmary. Nobody gave him a sub and technically speaking, the captain or whoever took control of the bridge is in charge....did he think if he repeats the horrible one liner enough times the mercenary would give up? Why did he think it was his to begin with?
At the beginning, the captain said their plan is to get lots of money for him and his mercenary group so they can retire in style....so why did they still fire the nuke? That kind of action would instantly make them the world's most wanted becoming more hunted that Al-Queada and where are they going to retire to after they contaminate the world with nuclear radiation....and during the end when the captain unanimously changed his mind without telling his mercenary group and instead of the money, he himself decided to go crazy and fire off the nukes instead, why didn't the remainder of his men try to stop him (or at least complain) instead of just blindly followed his orders without question?
Am I supposed to believe a sub's doctor can single-handedly take out a whole entire mercenary squad all by himself? Following that kind of logic, if mercenaries ever took over McDonald's, there's nothing to worry about because the short-order cook with his specialized training in Deep-Fryer Operation/Israeli Commando Special Forces Tactics will come in handy and save the day.
I highly recommend not watching this "movie". If you are an insomniac or just want to fall asleep fast, then definitely watch it as it was an uphill battle to stay awake all throughout the flick....and even when I was awake, it was pretty painful to watch and during the first 10 seconds, long before the opening credits even finished rolling, I already know where this train wreck was going. Trimming your nose hair, popping zits from your face, and cleaning the lint from your belly button are more exciting activities compare to this and I would rather jump off a cliff than watch this garbage ever again but luckily for me, I live in the prairies so there are no cliffs to jump from but knowing how unpredictable Hollywood is and if somehow, someway, sequel(s) of this are ever made, I may have to dig myself one. Good riddance!!