This movie simply gets everything right, it's one of, if not the most unglorifying film of war that has ever hit the screens, along with Downfall. The only downside it has is its dubbed over English when subtitles would have been better (although we get to focus more on the filming than reading) and the massively long running time, 3:20+ which is great for the story and film in a way, but go on for so long that there's little time in life to sit down and watch it. However on to the movie itself. It so bleak and truthful, shows just how horrifying and confined it is to spend such time underwater, in such a machine. The scenes where they lay in wait silently and dreadfully, as the death charges fall down toward them, and the concussion they cause. Everything is so surreal, how painfully tense it is as they and raise their stricken boat from the bottom of the sea, running out of oxygen, filling with water, nothing functioning, and without sufficient compressed air to blow themselves to the surface. For the most part it's a long bleak, crazy story, goes into every detail, and it looks so real. But then scenes like the sinking of the transport and the sea on fire full of sailors, just filmed to perfection, intense yet calm. The acting and script are second to none, the submariners could have well been really there and we would have never known. The ending has us sad for the crew and sub itself as after surviving such an encounter the allied aerial superiority ends the suds journey and the lives of many of the crew, including the lover captain. U-571 has nothing on this movie at all, it's just made up American propaganda, a small band of heroes against the German navy. Only downsides is the overly long running time, dubbing over, as that's all.