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Das Boot Reviews

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October 15, 2015
Masterpiece. There's a version for everyone. Try the short version if you're more of an action viewer. Do the Director's cut if you want a deeper sense of the characters. And the mini-series will give you even more detail. Whichever version you try, you will be remembering this film long after you've watched it.
September 19, 2015
Emocionante drama de la WW2 que reproduce sin exagerar el como la camaraderia y la valentia estuvieron por ser superados por la incertidumbre y el miedo a la muerte.A destacar el score.A las poco mas de 3 horas de metraje no les sobra ni falta nada
½ September 16, 2015
Riveting first-rate production of German U-Boat on patrol during WWII that seems to capture the mood, tension and events just right. Somewhat strange that you begin to root for our WWII enemies, made possible by the crew lacking in Nazi ideology.
½ August 15, 2015
Epic ,Claustrophobic . Heroic and ultimately Exhilarating , Das Boot is one of The Greatest War Films ever committed to Celluloid
½ August 12, 2015
3 and a half hours in a German submarine? Does that sound boring? Well its defiantly far from that as its thrilling to a part of exhaustion. Excellent all the way around in all the sweet spots. Check it out you won't be disappointed
August 2, 2015
Interesting thoughts about life aboard a U Boat.,
½ July 28, 2015
Breathtaking, gripping, and brilliant, Das Boot is a very well crafted and authentic war film!
July 27, 2015
"Das Boot" is the "Lawrence of Arabia" of the seas. A stunning masterpiece that can only be experienced and not adequately described, sprawling with ambition and realism. The Captain is one of the simplest yet most enigmatic and strongest characters to emerge from cinema. The empathy extended towards German sailors is provocative. The cinematography is stunning. The pace is intentionally and torturously slow. The tension is palpable. The concerns pragmatic. And the ending utter brilliance. Behind only "The Thin Red Line" and "Saving Private Ryan" this might be the third finest war film ever produced. This movie has left me shell-shocked, it's harrowing thematic thread of the all encompassing harsh realities of wartime survival powerfully and profoundly portrayed. A must-see at least once in a lifetime.
Also, mega-kudos for the decision to go with German actors speaking German. A bold decision that pays off dividends for authenticity.
June 30, 2015
Wolfgang Petersen's masterpiece. Long & claustrophobic. The Director's Cut is 3 & 1/2 hours long while the Uncut Version is just under 5 hours. One of the grittiest, most realistic War films of all time. Get comfy.
June 29, 2015
To experience the claustrophobia of U-boat warfare, lock yourself in a small metal cupboard with a few smelly friends and get another friend to lob high-explosives in your general direction for, ooh, say a tour of several months. While under perpetual threat of sudden inundation and/or implosion. If that seems a bit too much like hard work, settle down with a copy of Wolfgang Petersen's tense sub spectacular instead. Wait and watch as the crew of U-96 fight boredom and grow beards scouring the horizon for the next Allied convoy. Then start biting your nails. The most claustrophobic film on this list, charting the adventures of German U-boat U-96. A superbly crafted exercise in nerve-shredding tension, compelling characterization and the minutiae of submarine life. Spring for the director's cut. At 209 minutes it's a substantial time commitment, but the epic scope and lengthy running time isn't wasted on simplistic pictures, in fact it adds so much more development that every time a mortar rocks the men on the U-Boat, you're right there with them.
June 23, 2015
Solid submarine movie, though not a favorite of mine. I saw the director's cut, and it's just too long. Despite its run time and its time spent on character development, no one really stands out for me. Perhaps its a language problem, or perhaps it's because it fully embraces being an ensemble movie. Some very tense scenes, and it does seem to be have set the template for all other modern submarine movies.
June 15, 2015
Still captivates audience of any era with its gripping claustrophobic drama set onboard a WWII German war submarine as its ill-fated crew battles the Allies and the cruel forces of nature at sea.
½ June 10, 2015
Original tagline: "Nazis eating bananas on a submarine."

Nazis be trippin'! It takes a lot for a movie to make you root for Nazis.
You know when they lost me? When they tried to make me sympathetic to NAZIS!

People use, "gee, willikers, you can really feel the claustrophobia!" synonymously with, "this must be a good movie!" That doesn't follow (though, it does feel claustrophobic). Yes, it successfully portrays claustrophobia, but how about a plot to go along with that?

It was a kind of German equivalent of Lawrence of Arabia. Overblown & lacking in substance. It's not until late that the film makes a last stand at drawing the viewer in. And, by then, it's a bit late. I think most of the zeal for it comes from some vague desire to connect with historical(ish) events.

If you're an hour into the movie and have can't identify a semblance of a plot, and have zero emotional investment in anything anyone is doing, there's a problem.

The ending, with the re-surfacing attempt & ensuing events, were so spectacular, it made the movie watchable, again.
May 29, 2015
one of my top 22 films
May 27, 2015
Everyone one seems to love this film. How? Here's what I see:
"Guys Sit Around on a Submarine For Hours And Bad Things Constantly Happen to the Submarine and When Something Good Happens Something Bad Undoes It: The Movie."
Where was all that "breathtakingly thrilling" stuff? Like most films that clock in over three hours (and especially if your setting is a submarine), this film will hit you will a sleep torpedo.
May 16, 2015
An insightful foray into the other side of WWII that we don't hear much about, with an authentic and intense feeling by the use of filming on a submarine. Highlights the depravity and coldly expendable nature of the soldiers plights, and how they had to deal with their reservations about the maniacs who started the war.
May 1, 2015
before Jarhead, there was Das Boot. and it was a Damn good cup of movie. all that time without the action is the opposite of boring, it's character building to a good extent. not all the characters or actors are great, but there's enough that makes things captivating for the hours this takes to tell (I saw the uncut version, I know there are others). And it could've gone For the "can't wait to see my girl again, here's her picture, ::dead::" cliche, and it could've! a real GUY movie.

Oh, and until the end it was a 3 1/2 outta 4 star type of deal... but just that final five minutes bumped it up to the full 4. Holy shit.
½ April 25, 2015
The directors cut is way to long to be really exciting. I expected a lot more.
½ April 9, 2015
So many really,really good movies this year.The tension builds to where the viewer squirms just as much as the characters in the best foreign(if not overall)movie of 81'.
April 7, 2015
Definately a must watch for those who want character development and gripping atmosphere. Although it takes a different approach to epics about war, this movie grasps the concept of an engaging experience, making you root for the submarine crew like never before.
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