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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...
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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…
Down there it’s dark. And silent. There are no windows in a submarine. You can’t look out. You don’t know where you are. You don’t know what’s ahead of you or behind you. Even your fancy periscope cannot help you when you’re deep in the ocean. It is just you and the iron giant that like a mother’s womb embraces you and promises to protect you. Down there you don’t even have enough space to sleep or move or eat. Everything’s haywire. And in such a place you must trust your most primitive instincts to survive. Things can end any moment. And when the end comes you don’t even have enough time to prepare for it. It just comes…
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…
I'm not sure where Mark got his copy because I'm not aware of a four and a half hour long version. There's a five hour version, but that's not the one I watched, which was the three and a half hour version they have on Mubi currently.
It's one of those films where there are about half a million dozen different versions knocking about and where nobody can agree on what the best version is. I don't know which version I watched first time round about 20 years ago, but I suspect it was the two and a half hour version. I also watched a few episodes of the version BBC2 put out in…
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…
Certainly one of the most claustrophobic and frightening war films I've ever watched, with incredible direction and authentic performances.
If you want to experience the tedium of life in a German submarine, this is the movie that will give it to you-you're trapped for 2 1 hours in a Second World War U-boat that's 10 feet wide by 150 feet long. And with men who have the same kind of anti-war nobility that the men had in American submarine epics of the 50s. About ten minutes in, you may feel that you've already seen this picture. It even has the same kind of heroic man-of-few-words-but-strong-deep-feelings captain (Jürgen Prochnow). The camera keeps moving, yet the whole feeling is claustrophobic-the movement of the camera (deliberately) calls more attention to how cramped everything is. The director, Wolfgang Petersen, did the adaptation of the bestselling autobiographical novel by Lothar-Günther Buchheim, a former war correspondent. (Petersen had an international success with this film.) The set was constructed at the Bavaria Studios in Munich. In German. A dubbed-into-English version was released as THE BOAT.
True, these are the "bad guys," but that doesn't matter here. These are people, first and foremost, and it was an absolute thrill watching them perform their duty to the very end and see them evolve into men. This is an intense, claustrophobic, gripping film that feels about half as long as it actually is (I watched the 229 minutes director's cut). Time has never flown by this fast for me before. Fantastic movie.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Or "Many Reasons Not to Work on a Submarine."
That fucking ending really bumped it up.
A genuine masterpiece.
Nothing much beats German Ed Sheeran and the bearded love child of German Vigo Mortensen and German Mass Mikkelsen, all engaged in tense, sweaty submarine combat for 3 and a half hours. By far the best of Petersen's nautical disaster films.
Well, it's in German, but it is extremely thrilling. 3 Hours of total suspense.
HOLY FUCKING SHIT.
One of the best movies I have ever seen. FUCK. So good.
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