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U-571 is an intense movie about a World War II submarine crew sent on a retrieval mission.


  • Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Jon Bon Jovi
  • Rated: PG-13 for war violence
  • Released: 2000
  • Genre: Action, Drama, Suspense, War
  • My Opinion: Excellent!


U-571 is the story of a US submarine crew sent on a mission in World War II to intercept an immobilized German submarine. Their mission is to arrive incognito, pretending to be the Germans that were dispatched to help. Once aboard, they plan to recover the Enigma cipher machine. The possession of this machine would help the United States to break the German code, which ultimately would help in winning the war.


WARNING: If you are a nail biter, be sure to tape your fingertips before watching this movie or you will chew them down to a bloody pulp!

Not having seen U-571 since it first came out in 2000, I had forgotten how severely intense it was. As I watched I found myself holding my breath several times, or wringing my hands together. This all began with the opening scene of the movie and continued up through the very last minute. Turn your phone off and use the restroom beforehand, trust me, you will not want any interruptions! If you haven’t already, give U-571 a try, you won’t be sorry.



If you liked U-571 you might also like Crimson Tide, another very intense submarine movie, starring Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman, about a submarine carrying nuclear missiles and the two officers that disagree on their orders.