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||Matthew McConaughey, Jon Bon Jovi, Bill Paxton,
Not too young.
This is a dude movie through and through.
Things get blown up, and some graphic scenes
were cut to keep it PG-13.
Lots, and suspense.
A barrage of depth charges.
I can't remember it exactly, but it was
Tyler: "Tank, are you alive back there?"
Dino De Laurentiis, Martha De Laurentiis
Sometimes movies are chick flicks. Sometimes movies
are for couples. But sometimes a movie is for the dudes,
made for the dudes, and although the dudettes might go, it
is still a dude movie. "U-571" is a dude movie. And a pretty
kick-ass dude movie at that.
A Movie Review
Heres the basic story. Its the time of the
big war, WWII, and the Germans have the upper hand in
the seas because theyve got the U-Boats with a secret
code machine so the Allies cant get a handle on their
doings. But the US has a plan. Its a sneaky plan, but
a plan nonetheless, and it involves capturing the decoder
box without the head Germans knowing it. Theres
a German sub with some bum flippers, waiting in the ocean
for rescue and repair, so the Americans send a fake German
sub, trying to outrace the real German sub so they can steal
the decoder box. And things are going well until their ride
home gets blown up and theyre stuck on the broken
German sub, trying to figure out a way home without dying
while still keeping the decoder box. It then turns into an
ocean game of cat and mouse, dodging depth charges, and just
hoping their German sub doesnt implode. Even with the
likes of Matthew McConaughey and Jon Bon Jovi, this is one
for the dudes. And a good one.
Matthew plays Lt. Tyler, a sea dude who keeps getting
passed over for the chance to get his own boat for reasons
he doesnt understand, but basically because his boss
(Bill Paxton as Lt. Cmdr. Dahlgren) doesnt think he is
ready to send one of his crew on what may be a death
mission. And Tyler doesnt come off as ready to do that
either, but kind of gets forced to make those decisions once
trapped on the U-Boat where he is forced into being in
charge. Hes got a few of his crew with him, although a
few get offed or their heads blown off in the initial raid
and escape, and they too struggle with the fact if Tyler has
what it takes to be a leader and not their buddy. But leave
it to Chief Klough (Harvey Keitel) to set Tyler straight,
teach him what leading is all about, and see Tyler grow in a
few heartbeats from an unsure leader not knowing how to
lead, to a man who finally realizes that being a commander
means making decisions, outwardly showing your decision is
correct when inside you are unsure, and knowing that you may
have to send someone to possibly sacrifice their life for
the success of the mission. McConaughey shows this
transition in pretty decent fashion.
"U-571" gives you a movie about war, but unlike
Private Ryan" showing the bloody side of war, the submarines
were about blowing shit out of the water before you got
blown-up, and "U-571" does a great job showing this.
Film-wise you get a movie that shows the perils and
blindness of being in a submarine, sound-wise you get one of
the best uses of surround sound I have heard in a theater in
a while, and you just get a good action film that seems a
little far-fetched but as a guy, I want to see things get
blown up, I want some suspense, I want the good guys to win,
and I got all of that with "U-571." With that its 4
stars out of 5 for "U-571."
Thats it for this one! Im The Dude on the