Veteran submarine captain of Soviet Navy is sent to his last mission aboard an old boat that he used to serve on. During this mission a secret device will be tested, but that is not the only unusual thing about this patrol.
Captain Dmitri Zubov is son of Hero of Soviet Union and one of the most experienced captains in Soviet Navy. Soon after finishing, what he was expecting to be, his last patrol in active service he is recalled by Admiral Markov, who has one more mission for him. Zubov’s old sub, B-67, soon will be sold to China and Markov wants to give him a chance to be the last Soviet captain in charge of the boat during a series of tests. Zubov accepts the orders, although he is not given any informations what exactly the tests will be. On the arrival to port he notices a group of officers that he does not know installing some device aboard the sub. Soon after leaving the harbour Zubov opens the orders and learns the details - the extra officers aboard are in charge of the experimental equipment that will be tested during that patrol. As B-67 continues the patrol the equipment is activated while American submarines closes in. As Bruni, in charge of the tests, explains the equipment called Phantom is capable of conceal the sound characteristics of the sub carrying it, so the enemy could not tell the class nor nationality of the sub. While test proves the Phantom to be effective there is something else that worries Zubov - he begins to suspect that Bruni and the rest of extra officers are from KGB and the test is just a beginning of something much bigger.
American war movie inspired by conspiracy theories surrounding the sinking of K-129 in 1968 and providing a backstory to one of the possible explanations behind the incident. Phantom has cast full of very good actors, story that is both entertaining and involving, some of the scenes were filmed aboard a real Soviet sub - all of this put together created a decent thriller with atmosphere and style of The Hunt for Red October and interesting plot.
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In 1961 first Soviet ballistic missile nuclear submarine sets out to the sea. The boat was haunted by accidents even before the official launching, which started the grim nickname for it: the Widowmaker.