U571 (Blu-ray) (2000)
Heroes Are Ordinary Men Who Do Extraordinary Things in Extraordinary Times.
|A U.S. Navy Captain and his crew are just beginning to enjoy 48 hours of leave when they receive word to immediately return to duty. On a top-secret assignment, they must disguise themselves as Nazis and infiltrate a severely damaged Nazi U-boat. Once on board, they are to steal the Nazi's top-secret decoding device and sink the sub before the Germans catch on to what's really happening. Their mission is more dangerous and frightening than anything they could have ever imagined, but one which has the power to turn the tide of battle.|
"If watching a two-hour submarine movie is this nerve-shattering, imagine what the real thing must have been like... Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Rip-roaring action adventure! Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Fast-moving, watertight and firing from all tubes. Sean Means, Film.com
Editor's NoteFaithful to the conventions of the World War II genre, Mostow's (BREAKDOWN) submarine thriller pays earnest homage to the pluck and determination of ordinary people forced to overcome extraordinary odds. The mostly young and inexperienced crew of the S-33 is deployed on a top secret, high-priority mission to intercept a disabled German u-boat (the titular U-571) and capture the ship's encryption system--the Enigma--in order to crack the Nazi's communication codes and hasten an allied victory in the North Atlantic. Racing against a German rescue effort, the S-33 stages a daring raid on the U-571. But after capturing the U-571, the Americans find themselves its prisoner as they must pilot the leaky, disabled vessel through hostile enemy waters. McConaughey (EDTV, DAZED AND CONFUSED) leads a strong cast (Keitel - HOLY SMOKE, Paxton - A SIMPLE PLAN) in this fast-paced, tense, submarine adventure.
Cast & Crew
|Jon Bon Jovi|
|Terrence "T.C." Carson|
|Sam Montgomery - Screenwriter|
|Oliver Wood - Director of Photography|
|April Ferry - Costume Designer|
|Wayne Wahrman - Editor|
|David Ayer - Screenwriter|
|William Skinner - Production Designer|
|Dino De Laurentiis - Producer|
|Jon Mostow - Screenwriter|
|Gotz Weidner - Production Designer|
|Richard Marvin - Composer|
|Jon Mostow - Director|
Plot SummaryJonathan Mostow's (BREAKDOWN) World War II submarine thriller about a crew of inexperienced American mariners forced to pilot a disabled German U-boat through hostile waters delivers plenty of action while paying homage to such war genre greats as DAS BOOT and DESTINATION TOKYO. Matthew McConaughey (EDTV) leads the rag tag American crew as Lt. Andrew Tyler, a young officer determined to prove himself a capable leader after being denied command of his own ship. His fellow seamen include Jon Bon Jovi (MOONLIGHT AND VALENTINO), Bill Paxton (A SIMPLE PLAN) and a cross-section of American society, featuring a hot-headed Brooklyner, an earnest farm boy, a wise black cook, a pack of fresh-faced young sailors, and Harvey Keitel as a salty old sea dog. Working with a lean plot, Mostow employs Oliver Wood's (FACE/OFF) detailed, claustrophobic cinematography and an exceptional sound design to create a series of engaging and genuinely tense action sequences that take the rickety submarine to crushing depths in order to outrun German attacks. While his attention to hard historical facts may be a bit leaky, Mostow's ability to sustain suspense rewards viewers with a tight genre piece with no shortage of action or good old American patriotism.
|Jon Johnson, Winner, Best Sound Editing|
|Steve Maslow, Nominee, Best Sound|