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A German submarine hunts allied ships during the Second World War. Soon it becomes hunted itself. The crew tries to survive below the surface, while stretching both the boat and themselves to their limits...
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It's one thing to fill a 90 minute film with relentless action, interesting and sympathetic characters, and a relatively fresh perspective on WWII, but to stretch that to 3.5 hours? And contain that action to little more than three small rooms? It's an amazing feat that Das Boot pulls off, and is justifiably labeled as not only one of the best German films ever made, but one of the best war films ever made (no small feat considering how crowded that category is).
Wolfgang Peterson plots Das Boot out to feel like a blockbuster - big explosions, manly men doing manly things, and a bombastic score. In other words, he did not squander…
One of the most gut-wrenching and claustrophobic experiences you will ever encounter! Everything about it was so real, so genuine, so authentic! With each sonar ping I felt terror grip my heart like a vise squeezing it tighter and tighter! The psychological tension was so overwhelming at times it was almost unbearable!
I've seen quite a few submarine films in my day and Das Boot is quite frankly the best of the best!
Its realistic portrayal of the men made you care for them warts and all! The story isn't so much about the war or taking sides. It was about men being pushed beyond their limits and never giving up even when things looked completely hopeless! It's about the…
Yeah, yeah. They keep together, balls in hand. And the belief in our Führer in their eyes.
I've only seen it once, but I am ready to call Das Boot one of the very finest war films I've ever seen in my entire life. I honestly think it ranks up there with Apocalypse Now, Paths of Glory and Full Metal Jacket but easily trumps all three in how it almost effortlessly brings to life the sheer terror and stress of the battlefield.
But in this case the battlefield is the unforgiving sea and the soldiers are sailors cramped inside a steamy dripping tin can that could be ruptured, blown up or sunk at any given moment. This is submarine warfare.…
I asked for it. 'To be heading into the inexorable... where no mother will care for us... no woman crosses our path... where only reality reigns... with cruelty and grandeur.' I was drunk with those words. Well, this is reality.
What exactly are you supposed to say about Das Boot that hasn't already been said? It's probably the greatest war movie told from "the other side" next to the original All Quiet on the Western Front.
The key to these films aren't their realistic portrayal of war, but their realistic portrayal of people. The characters in Das Boot are full of humanity and don't feel like glamorized or stereotypical war caricatures. Some of them have already gone through…
Note: This review is for the three hour and twenty eight minute director's cut.
Wolfgang Petersen's Das Boot is a type of film that will force many viewers to deal with an interesting conundrum. You see the main characters who you spend the majority of the film with are part of a U-boat crew for Nazi Germany. Going into the film knowing that makes them difficult to root for or care about at first. We all know Nazi Germany is one of if not the worst regime in history. It's exceptionally difficult to give a shit about men or women who went to war for Hitler. The men in this film aren't like the evil Nazi soldiers you see in…
v: Director's Cut
Whoah, that was surprisingly exciting for a 3 hour and 36 minutes long film. Now, I haven't really seen any other films that take place in a submarine before this one, but this has to be the ultimate submarine film. Das Boot perfectly captures the life in a submarine during war (or at least how you would imagine it to be). We follow the men as they are bored, waiting to receive a mission and as they are attacked by the enemy, and how it is like to be in a submarine during combat. The experience of watching during those action scenes are extremely intense, and almost claustrophobic, because of the tight space in that long and dark metal structure. There's especially a scene towards the end I believe, I didn't really keep track of the time, where this claustrophobia and intensity is at it's very best.
A star for every hour.
This is easily one of the best movies that I have ever seen.
Dir: Wolfgang Peterson
Das Boot is adapted from the novel by Lothar-Gunther Buchheim. Film depicts almost what actually happened to German U-96 during World War II. Heinrich Lehmann and others were hired as consultant on the film.
In my opinion the opening scene with most of the crew partying, is almost essential to let audience get familiar with characters, because you have here German Nazi crew, and since post-WWII, history has inculcated in us, evil motives/actions of Nazi (no doubt about that). But in this scene, you almost sympathize with the crew, as it is revealed that Der Alte has been critical about Hitler. They are all just trying to answer to the call for joining war, and…
War is really fucked up, right?
So cramped and claustrophobic that you can smell the grease. It's a fine film but the 3 1/2 running time really takes its toll on you. Good character piece as well because you end up feeling for the German submariners.
Another film with which I can use the word epic without sounding like an enthusiastic teenager, Peterson delivers a long, drawn out story regarding a crew of German submariners as they venture into hostile territory during WW2. I am hesitant to call these men Nazis as many of them seem to care little about the morals they are fighting in aid of but are much more interested in self preservation. Petersen does an excellent job of making them absolutely sympathetic due to their desperation that can be empathised with by anyone and the creation of the submarine is one of cinemas greatest marvels. During it's admittedly stagnant parts, I still sat watching in awe of how the camera moved so…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
But... but... we're not supposed to root for Nazis, are we?
But Das Boot isn't about Nazis, per se. It's about human beings who are caught up in the throes of modern warfare—in this case, World War II. Because let's face facts here: Where we stand (philosophically speaking) in a given war has more to do with where we were born and raised than with which ideology has the strongest intellectual or moralistic appeal. When war is ultimately declared by the powers-that-be (for reasons we don't always understand or aren't necessarily privy to), most of us will end up being cogs in the machinery rather than independent thinkers or bastions of conscience. That's the way the business of war works.…
What struck me about this film is how it did so much with relatively so little. The majority of the film is shot in cramped interiors, but the stunning cinematography varies from frenetic to reserved and everywhere in between. A wonderfully compelling drama that is a masterclass in pacing, ensemble characters, and earning the third act.
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