In the midst of World War II, the battle below the seas rages. The Nazis have the upper edge as the Allies are unable to crack their war codes. That is, until a wrecked U-boat sends out an SOS signal, and the Allies realize this is their chance to seize the ‘enigma coding machine’. But masquerading as Nazis and taking over the U-boat is the smallest of their problems. The action really begins when they get stranded on the U-boat.
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User Reviews: I saw U-571 last Friday.
I loved every second of it. Throughout the movie, I don’t know who’s knuckles were whiter; mine clutching the theatre seat, or the actors who grabbed whatever they could while being depth-charged.
This movie was pure non-stop action, from beginning to end. You are there, really there, experiencing the gripping fear of submarine warfare.
I believe that was the intention of the movie and if so, accomplished that superbly. I think the acting, camera work, and sound was excellent.
Now, regarding other issues.
The movie is NOT historical; it is fictional. It is based (loosely) on history (history being that there once were German and Allied submarines that fought in a war known as World War II, and that there was a German code machine the Allies called the "enigma").
Not only is it not historical regarding the event (the capturing of U-571 and the enigma code machine by Americans) but in many other areas such as what submarines of that era and their weapons could and could not do (such as dogfighting underwater with torpedo’s).
Don’t look for character development either. There isn’t much. It’s more like the first 1/2 hour of "Saving Private Ryan" (the landing on the beach episode ) throughout the length of the movie.
Thankfully, in my opinion of what a "war" movie should be, it was not muddled up with "love" scenes or anything stupid and mushy like most are. And also, thankfully, there wasn’t "angel music" playing all the time. The second "trailer" was misleading in that it showed a ball-room dance, leading the viewer to believe there was some "love" interests, and played angel music, of which there was neither in the movie. It was just man-to-man combat and basic survival.
I hope everyone who sees it will enjoy it for what it is and not concentrate on, or blame it for what it isn’t.
Enough analyzing — Go see it! I suggest choosing a modern theatre with a big-screen and digital sound system.