Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. France/USA, 2000. Universal Pictures, Canal Plus Image International, Dino De Laurentiis Company. Story by Jonathan Mostow, Screenplay by Jonathan Mostow, Sam Montgomery, David Ayer. Cinematography by Oliver Wood. Produced by Dino De Laurentiis, Martha De Laurentiis. Music by Richard Marvin. Production Design by William Ladd Skinner, Gotz Weidner. Costume Design by April Ferry. Film Editing by Wayne Wahrman. Academy Awards 2000.
Well-intentioned but boring retread of Das Boot that features hunky Matthew McConaughey and a cast of good ole boys (who mysteriously all look the same, I could never tell who was being bumped off) who are sent on a mission to steal a decoding machine from a German U-boat, then end up having to steer the foreign vessel through hostile waters where their own team is the enemy. Based on a true story (presumably), the script is actually an amalgamation of many different events of a similar nature that happened during World War II, the closest to this particular story actually having been accomplished by British soldiers. McConaughey does his very best in the pretty blank role of the ship’s serious captain, but as he is the male Julia Roberts of American cinema, any role that doesn’t allow him his smile makes him seem to completely disappear off the screen.