Daily Life on the Sub
What struck me the most was simply showing how cramped the sub was and knowing how many people lived on it. One bathroom for 50 men? Yeah, my sisters couldn't even share one bathroom properly. I did like how when the sailors were running through the sub, the cameraman would follow, and it would look like I was running through the sub, too! The filmmakers filmed everything from the inside of the sub instead of being in a huge set, to give a true sense of claustrophobia.
|Inside my great-grandfather's sub. I didn't take any photos|
myself so this is the best one I could find.
You know, it's really easy to dismiss these people because they're fighting for Nazi Germany. But they're not. They're fighting for Germany. Just like they did the World War I and everything else. People serve their country, not their governments. In fact, it only appears like there's one true Nazi on the entire boat. That's the clean-shaven one. So when everyone goes to the fancy boat, the Nazis celebrate him as the captain. He apologizes and points out the true captain, that is bearded with his hat on and looks like he came from an Hemingway novel.
The main mission is to bomb the merchant ships while avoiding the destroyers. But guess what? The destroyers still find them and drop their depth charges on them! The captain assumes that "they must have seen our periscope". What he didn't know was that the Allies had developed radar and was using it to find submarines underwater.
The Strait of Gibraltar
The captain has been told that their sub must go through the Strait of Gibraltar to make it into the Mediterranean Sea. Everyone is upset about this, and for good reason. The strait has many varying depths, and the best way to go through it without being seen is to go at night and ride the currents. I did some research and found that a total of 62 subs went through, and 9 sunk to the bottom. Out of all these subs, not one ever returned to the Atlantic Ocean. Not one. That's bad news for these sailors.
It turns out that this sub actually does sink to the bottom. It springs a leak, and with almost nothing working out the sub, the sailors bail out all the water with buckets. And the sub rises to the surface and keeps going like nothing happened. Really? Are you kidding? There is no way that I will buy that this could happen. No way. And then, once they reach land and are celebrating, an air raid appears and kills everyone. Wow, all that work on the sub, and they die right afterwards. That has to say something, but I don't know what.
Anyway, for the most part I enjoyed this film. Even if you don't like long films, this has more than enough tension, panic, and explosions (literal explosions! Lots!) that will keep you entertained. I will give this film an 8/10.