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The best part of this movie is the effects and the tension that it created within the submarine. The special effects are amazing, the camera work is terrific as you feel the dizzy, claustrophobic sense of tension aboard this ship. That being said, it's the type of movie where you only realize afterwards what was missing.
First, there are problems of historical accuracy: Although the end credits thank the real Navy efforts to steal the German encoders during the War, it was the British, and never the American Navy, who were involved. This isn't a terrible thing, but it's crediting the wrong people. There are a number of other plot holes as well.
Second is the acting. With several exceptions, most notably McConaghey's solid performance, there is some bad casting and dry acting. Harvey Keitel ? He is listed as Chief Klough, but then why does he report to McConaughey's Lt. Tyler ? Bill Paxton is wooden, and Erik Palladino whines through his role and is annoying.
The suspense and effects are great, and it makes for a good `popcorn' movie, but U-571 could have been better.
This is the back drop of this story. In its 1942. German U-boats are reeking havoc in the Atlantic; thereby crippling the allied war efforts in Europe. England, an island nation, is on the verge of being starved out of the war.
To counter this enormous problem, the allies devise a scheme to capture a German decoding machine along with supporting documentation off a German submarine. This prize would give the allies an advantage; it would tell them where the German U-Boat wolfpacks were operating. To capture one of these enigma machines, an elite submariner commando task force was assembled. This commando task force accomplished its mission. Unfortunately, while executing the mission, their own submarine is torpedoed. They now find themselves trapped on a German U-Boat -- where everything is in metrics and written in German.
This film gives you plenty of "edge-of-your-seat" suspense. The allied crew now find themselves in a strange -- but very real -- "parallel universe." Enemy vessels are now "friendly." Allied vessels -- such as destroyers -- are now deadly adversaries.
I know that comparisons with the film "Das Boat" are inevitable. However, please Don't get wrapped around that axle.Read more ›
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Quiet heroism, values and ethics make this film worth watching.Published 10 days ago by Not-as-old-as-I-look
This is one of the best movies I've ever seen. There aren't too movies I would say that about and I'm not a real history buff but this was really fantastic. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Ashley
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