Tony Scott's 1995 box office summer blockbuster is best known for it's tense confrontations between acting heavyweights Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman, and I think that this is rightfully so. Now, aside from the stellar acting and cast, Crimson Tide also has strong production values, special effects and some almost gaggingly intense and breathtaking action sequences which still leaves viewers on the edge of there seat to this day, but, what Crimson Tide does the best is with the tense mutiny aboard a submarine that is hired to take care of a nuclear threat, and that the apparently crazed captain (Gene Hackman), is attempting to launch them out into the world, which of course, isn't good. So, it is up to co-commanding officer Denzel Washington to stop him, and, if that means starting a ship-wide mutiny in the progress, than so beat it. Now, the weakest element of the Crimson Tide, though, would of course be the story. Sure, the nuclear threat is all very real and effective, but the real substance in this movie is watching Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman go at it and square off against each other, which really creates a viable thriller for the decade of the 1990's. Now, even though the film is Rated R, it isn't nearly as offensive as most R Rated movies are these days, but, alas, here we go: There is frequent but fairly tame action sequences, including the submarine being submerged in water, and the threat of mass drowning aboard the ship, mutiny and some seriously intense arguments between the main leads. And, finally, there is frequent strong profanity throughout the movie, which is the main reason why the movie was Rated R in the first place; with many uses each of f--k, sh-t, a--h-le, g-dd-mn, d-mn, h-ll and b-llsh-t. So, even though the film hasn't aged as well as it could, Crimson Tide is still just as effective as it was when it first originally came out into theaters of the summer of 1995.