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When the hunters become the hunted
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...
PTAbro's World Tour Stop 6: West Germany
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…
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…
Das Boot sounds a lot better than The Boat. Watch this one in German because it sounds better that way. Subtitles aren't scary.
Novel adaptations are risky endeavors when the author doesn't like the actual film. Some things will be lost during the transfer from one medium to another. Most of the film takes place in a submarine that can only be described as a metal coffin. Claustrophobia certainly seems like a centerpiece accompanied by a tense atmosphere throughout. Truthfully, I haven't felt this kind of tension since the first time I saw Alien. Worth seeing unless you aren't a fan of tight spaces.
Naturally, I didn't recognize anyone with the exception of Jürgen Prochnow who usually plays a villain…
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…
It's quite incredible when a film is able to sustain all of the tension and suspense in a 3.5 hour runtime. "The Boat" succeeds both as a action filled blockbuster and as a human drama thanks to it's dedicated cast and a intelligent script. A classic in the war genre, no doubt about it.
An anti-war and human-centred masterpiece which reminds us that war is never black and white, never glorious and always futile. There are people with real lives on either side. The real monsters are the politicians, who send young men to their potential deaths and deceive them with an ideology blind to this reality.
That I felt more for the German naval personnel in this than soldiers than all the war films I have thus far speak volumes about Wolfgang Petersen's direction. If you were to highlight one scene which represents this the most it is, perhaps, the genuine remorse and anger the captain and his officers feel at needlessly killing the crewmen of the tanker the U-boat blew up.
(Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)
"Das ist gut, das ist sehr gut"
- Director's cut from 1997 -
No need for other submarine movies. Das Boot exhausts everything worthwile that ever could be told about the U-boat war. The conclusion of the story is a statement on the pointlessness of war. The soundtrack is in the alltime Top 10.
'Mildew is good for you. It's the next best thing to fresh lettuce. Be thankful for what grows down here.'
Das Boot has the action of a two hour blockbuster, stretched out into a nail-biting, tempestuous three through a sheer miracle of crafty pacing. It is explosive and electric, but it manipulates its action sequences (with the possible exception of the finale) into something tense and testing, and far more involving than a standard action sequence. As it cycles between the anxious waiting and bonding of the crew and the energy and fear of battle, Wolfgang Petersen gets us to invest in his characters, to see them as human, and then to share in their claustrophobia, panic and terror.
A epic film about a U-boat crew and their struggle to survive in a war they can never hope to win. The film is well done on all levels and while the unedited version is very long, in the case of Das Boot it enhances the film, the movie is a must see film.
It says a lot that a film that stands at near three and a half hours, with the majority of it taking place in a camped submarine, that Das Boot is one of the most intense and best war films of its genre that keeps you glued to your seat as the film progresses. With the action sequences in short supply, we spend most of the time learning about the crew, their political views of the war and the boredom they face in claustrophobic conditions awaiting orders and for an enemy ship to appear. The direction from Wolfgang Peterson and the cinematography from Jost Vacano, especially when they follow a crew member running from one end of the ship to…
A top notch German Uboat crew do their best to destroy the enemy, despite the fact the war has turned against them. Subtitles dont lessen the feeling that you are part of this crew as they fight to do their part for their furher!
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…