Hitting theaters in May of 1995 and posting a very impressive box office total of $91.4 million on a $53 million budget, Crimson Tide was one of my very first truly suspenseful cinematic experiences. With a very engaging core moral dilemma combined acting clinics by Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman, the film deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as The Hunt for Red October and Das Boot.
The work of Hans Zimmer has been featured prominently and will continue to be. His Crimson Tide score is simply extraordinary and has been used liberally in other works since the film came out. This theme even netted him a Grammy Award in 1995. It’s a very synthesizer-heavy piece with beautiful use of a men’s choir to accent the more dramatic moments. The main theme, which kicks in at 1:15, is that special piece of music that can make everything the single most important thing ever. Seriously, listen to this while you walk to your car and it will all of the sudden seem like a matter of national security. The Crimson Tide score certainly belongs in the upper echelon of Hans Zimmer’s endless canon of amazing work.