Faithful to the conventions of the World War II genre, Mostow's (BREAKDOWN) submarine thriller pays earnest homage to the pluck and determination of ordinary people forced to overcome extraordinary odds. The mostly young and inexperienced crew of the S-33 is deployed on a top secret, high-priority mission to intercept a disabled German u-boat (the titular U-571) and capture the ship's encryption system--the Enigma--in order to crack the Nazi's communication codes and hasten an allied victory in the North Atlantic. Racing against a German rescue effort, the S-33 stages a daring raid on the U-571. But after capturing the U-571, the Americans find themselves its prisoner as they must pilot the leaky, disabled vessel through hostile enemy waters. McConaughey (EDTV, DAZED AND CONFUSED) leads a strong cast (Keitel - HOLY SMOKE, Paxton - A SIMPLE PLAN) in this fast-paced, tense, submarine adventure.
Pros: Great action sequences, fast paced Cons: Maybe too much poetic license... First a little factual history: the first Enigma machine was captured by the British Navyby the destroyer HMS Bulldog, along with destroyers HMS Aubretia and HMS Broadwayon May 9, 1941, from the German U-boat U110. The U.S. Navy did not capture an Enigma machine until June 4, 1944, when U505 was attacked and forced to the surface where she was subsequently captured by … more