Faithful 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.
- Number of Discs: 1
- Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
- Film Country: USA
- Sound: Stereo Sound, Surround Sound
- UPC: 025192078521
"...Matthew McConaughey delivers a tense, terrific performance..."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (06/08/2000)
"...Excitingly taut and kinetic....Leaps from one suspense gambit to the next..." -- Rating: A-
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman (05/28/2000)
"...A rousing, old-fashioned submarine adventure....Just the right blend of adventure, action and gritty realism to keep audiences riveted throughout....A smart, slick crowd-pleaser..."
Box Office - Wade Major (05/01/2000)
"In the cramped quarters of the submarine you can realistically identify with the high temperatures and sweat on the faces of the stressed crew."
Widescreen Review - Widescreen Review Staff (07/01/2006)
"...The film gets high marks for tension and excitement. The action sequences are bracing and involving..."
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan (04/21/2000)
"...A well-executed tale...mixing some cinema-rumbling big bangs with plenty of screen-cinging pyrotechnics..."
Total Film - Dan Jolin (07/01/2000)
"...A smooth white-knuckler....It's a simple pleasure to watch..."
Movieline's Hollywood Life - Michael Atkinson (11/01/2000)