by Johnny Bray
Generally, war films are great. Theyre exciting,
suspenseful, action-packed, and very well made. Not to mention historically
U-571 is a pale comparison to most war movies. Its
even a pale comparison to most submarine movies. But it was still not
a bad flick.
The movie is about a U.S. submarine sent on a mission
to retrieve a code encryption device from a Nazi U-Boat. Once they get
aboard the German craft, they nab the device. But their own sub explodes
before they can get back to it.
Sucks to be them.
So there they are, in the middle of nowhere on a foreign
vessel. Everythings written in German, but no one speaks German.
Oh wait, one guy does. So I dont understand why everyone was so
upset that everything was German. Hello, its a German sub, what
do you expect. I dont think the Nazis would have everything written
in Australian ("thingamadoo " Australian for "Torpedo tube, mate").
Unfortunately, once theyre on the U-Boat, it
becomes exactly what youd expect. A bunch of guys on a sub, and
they get attacked.
A great portion of the movie (spread out into several
scenes) is nothing more than the crew waiting for depth charges to explode.
Its okay for a while, but it does get very boring after the first
few times. And I dont get why they have to be so quiet. Are the
depth charges not going to find them that way? Maybe they should cover
their eyes so they wont be seen either.
And of course, what boat movie would be complete without
the entire vessel getting flooded. Seen it, seen it, and saw it.
Starring Matthew McConaughey as Lt. Tyler and Bill
Paxton as Lt. Commander Dahlgren, U-571, even through its a clichéd
and repetitive plot, is not a bad flick. Its entertaining, which
I think is the main purpose behind any movie (with the exception of anything
involving Pauly Shore).
It co-stars Jon Bon Jovi (does anyone else have trouble
seeing him as an actor??), Harvey Keitel, Jake Weber and David Keith.
One thing that bugged me was the historical inaccuracy.
The Americans tend to see themselves as kings of the world, and here they
prove that. They dub themselves the heroes for finding the device, when
in fact it was the British who actually did it. Not only that, but at
the time this movie is set, the British already had one.
Anyway, I think Ive done enough rambling for
one day. U-571 is a decent, entertaining movie that many people would
enjoy. However, if youre really into the whole submarine thing,
I suggest Crimson Tide or Das Boot. Great movies. Not just decent. But
thats just my opinion.
The Collector's Edition DVD is in widescreen, with Dolby Digital and
DTS audio, and the quality of all is very good. As with most Collector's
Editions, there are plenty of extras, including "Spotlight on Location,"
a director's commentary, behind the scenes stuff, submarine background
information and historical data, the trailer, DVD ROM features, and liner
U-571, from Universal
117 minutes, Widescreen (2.35:1), Dolby Digital 5.1/DTS audio
Starring Matthew McConaghey, BIll Paxton, Harvey Keitel, Jon Bon Jovi,
Jake Weber, David Keith
Produced by Dino de Laurentiis, Martha de Laurentiis
Written by Jonathan Mostow and Sam Montegomery and David Ayer, Directed
by Jonathan Mostow
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