I have noticed a lot of reviews about people freaking out that this is nothing like what really happened blah blah... WELL it doesn't say "based on a true story" anywhere so if those people were looking for a real account of history they should have stopped there. I think it is a great submarine movie, It sheds light on interesting dynamics of submarine life, and the types of missions they may have been on in the war. This movie includes submarines, war, explosions and Matt Mcconaughey,what's not to like?However factual, this movie is intriguing and exciting.
Is it ok to breathe yet? (by 6thmnkey)
As soon as the word "splashes" is said by one of the u-boat's crew, the eyes of the audience grow wider and a sudden inhale freezes everyone in the room for the inevitable. This is one of those movies that snatches your breath from you and returns it at the theater door on your way out. The sound and visual effects in U-571 are astounding and frightening. The camera angles and position give the effect of claustrophobia and tightness of the submarine. Matthew McConaughey, of course, is extremely good in this movie and undoubtedly pulls some of the scenes together. This is <more>
definitely one of the best submarine films I have ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!
It isn't often you enter a cinema and instead of checking your watch you have to check a calendar instead. Now that doensn't mean U-571 was even more boring than usual, it just means I had to make sure I wasn't in the 50's or 60's watching a film, so effective is this flick in transporting the viewer back to the era of war films, espionage, Cold War shennanigans and so forth.The plot concerns the retrieval of the Enigma machine, a small typewriter like device that German U-boats used to communicate, using an encryption that the Allies had failed to crack. Upon hearing that <more>
a U-Boat lies crippled after a blistering attack, the Americans disguise one of their own subs as a german u-boat, and attempt to get to the german sub before the enemy can send their own resupply and repair ship to aid the distressed tub.Their goal is to grab the machine and scupper the ship before the repair ship gets there. Of course it wouldn't be a film of this nature without the whole thing going wrong, and some of the crew end up on the German U-Boat, fighting for their lives to get home with the precious "typewriter".U-571 is quite simply an excellent film, full of suspense and excitement. The cast are totally top-drawer, with McConaughey giving what is probably the performance of his career, in a role that seems tailor made for him. After years of floundering around with horrible roles that demanded little of him, this film allows McConaughey the scope and range he needs, and he does not disappoint.The special effects are also very well done, with some fantastic underwater photography and digital hokery-pokery adding to the suspensful moments very well.This one is a definite must for the big screen. Make sure you find a cinema with the biggest speakers possible, cause those depth charges sure sound great!10 out of 10. It's that good.
Quit Whining, Brits--It's Truer than You're Admitting! (by msinabottle)
Again and again... 'It didn't happen... The Brits captured the Enigma Machine First.' They did. THEY JUST WOULDN'T LET THE U.S. NEAR IT! The United States Naval Cryptography division made a deal to share two of the 'Purple' machines they had built with the Brits in exchange for one of the TWO the British had, ONE captured by the POLES and sent to England while Britain and France watched Poland fall. The British reneged on the deal. Sorry, Yank, but we jolly well DON'T care if you have one, not our chaps being sunk, and all that...And so an American destroyer team <more>
trained and trained for a special mission to force a U-Boat to the surface and capture it and the Enigma on board before the Germans could scuttle it. DOES THIS SOUND FAMILIAR? Want some proof? Go and see the U-505 in the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. But, perhaps y'all'd rather whine and bad mouth the United States. It does seem to be a popular hobby. So, the U.S. had to go and get its own Enigma machine. This is a fictionalized account of all that, and tremendously entertaining. Under the circumstances, it's not something the Brits should be mentioning. It's stuff like this that lets you see how far Europe IS falling. The movie is taut, well-directed, well-acted, reasonably accurate historically with modifications. A lesson on the basic nature of military command is better put here than in many other movies. Given all that, I can't understand why the rest of the world hates this movie so much. After all, it's such an excuse to bite the hands that saved you.
U-571 is one of the best WWII films ever done. Historically inaccurate, but big deal. Little character development, but who cares. The actual workings of submarines in those awful days before compfy nukeboats are displayed in magnificent detail, as are the disciplines necessary to operate them in extreme conditions. The effects of depth-charges are well-portrayed and the action keeps the viewer anxious and in the moment throughout. Sub-vets love this film. Naturally, I disagree with those Euro-centrist neo-fabians who've torn their hair out in manufactured-shame and deride this film as <more>
"pro-American" as if that's some sort of horrendous sin. Liberals in Hollywood continuously rewrite history and expect us to believe their lefty propaganda as if it's scripture; remember the historically-inaccurate "Inherit the Wind"? or, "Bowling for Columbine"? Go ahead, you limousine-socialists, sip your tea with your pinkies extended and defame American culture. A good pro-American flick is a joy to behold.
I don't know what all the whining is about, it's a GOOD movie. (by alhowarth)
I don't remember anything in the movie stating it was based on actual events or a 'true story'. It is unfortunate that the movie portrayed Americans, when it was the British that first captured Enigma machines.BUT, the British have the ability to make movies themselves. They could have, or still could make a movie to set history straight. Although as I said this is not a history movie. It was entertainment.So, my .02, good performances by Matthew McConaughey and Harvey Keitel. I thought Bill Paxton was a little stiff, and I wanted to punch Mazzola myself. An All-around good movie.
Involving WWII Story (by ccthemovieman-1)
Somebody looking for an intense World War II film that has a few shocking twists, can't go too wrong with this movie. My only faults with it are that sometimes it goes a bit long on the depth-charge action scenes and that the language is too rough for a PG-13. Otherwise, this is good entertainment and certainly a different kind of World War II story. Does it stretch credibility? Yes, but most action movies do, so you ride with it.For a submarine movie, it has far more action than most, with half of it outside the sub instead of inside as so often the case. It also looks great on DVD and <more>
offers some outstanding 5.1 surround sound. There is a huge difference in viewing this on VHS and on DVD.This is definitely a man's movie with an all-male cast of tough seamen fighting tough Nazi seamen in the middle of WWII. Matthew McConaughey and Harvey Keitel are the two main stars and it's a bit odd to see the veteran Keitel taking orders from the "kid."
If it was made in 1962, you'd have seen it 10 times by now. (by mattyd-5)
Just as "The Hurricane" should not be discounted for historical inaccuracy, nor should U-571. It is a good and entertaining film, despite being a big, loud, Hollywood production full of special effects note Wild Wild West . Not the best war film see All Quiet on the Western Front or even Sgt. York , not the best WWII film The Great Escape is a better example , not even the best WWII German submarine film hey, Das Boot . Still, it's a good one, and if this film had been made in 1962 starring Steve McQueen as the XO McCaughnahey's role you'd have seen it at least 10 <more>
times by now.This one is worth seeing in the theater and it's worth full fare.
Three years ago, Jonathan Mostow made a neat little thriller called BREAKDOWN, and while there was nothing in it we hadn't seen before, it was still good. Now he turns the same trick with this movie. True, it's not a classic like DAS BOOT was, but if we said that about every movie "well, it's no..." , we'd have no movies. I was caught up with most of it, and I enjoyed it. Also, I liked Matthew McConaughey, who proved once again he's a better actor than given credit for, even when he's not using his trademark grin and charm. Except for Harvey Keitel and Jack <more>
Noseworthy who was also in BREAKDOWN , the rest of the cast wasn't distinctive, but they were good.Now to answer some of the criticism of this movie I've read: 1 It's not just that this is a fictional story and not fact, it's that the Enigma is a McGuffin; just something to get the plot rolling. The real story is the crew trying to survive on the enemy submarine and McConaughey's character learning if he has what it takes to be a captain. If we found out the characters were also supposed to be able to use the Enigma as well, that would have been a problem, but all they're doing is taking it. 2 If I remember correctly, and it could be I'm not, the German captain who orders his gunman to shoot the survivors on lifeboats says those are his orders from "the Fuehrer." Of course, that's no excuse given that following orders was the defense for My Lai , but we weren't meant to think, "Oh, these German bad guys" because of this scene, especially since they didn't look particularly happy about it.On the other hand, I do agree one torpedo blowing up a destroyer was a little ludicrous. But it does seem to me a lot of comments which nit-pick films like this are by people who go in not caring if the movie works as a whole, but who have to be satisfied about every little detail in the movie, and go through it as if they were studying something under a microscope. People like that, in my humble opinion, need to get a life.