A first-time captain (Tom Hanks) leads a convoy of allied ships carrying thousands of soldiers across the treacherous waters of the “Black Pit” to the front lines of WW2. With no air cover protection for 5 days, the captain and his convoy must battle the surrounding enemy Nazi U-boats in order to give the allies a chance to win the war.
A solid if a bit perfunctory effects spectacular with Tom Hanks leading the way, while doing his best Gene Hackman face. Certainly it ranks up there with the likes of Hunt for Red October and Crimson Tide in the submarines at war genre (Das Boot still reigning supreme) and it’s short run time certainly keeps things tight, without expanding his characters dynamics.
Looks rather spectacular despite its grim weather conditions and impending doom in 4k. One of those films that actually would have benefitted from a cinema release for the sheer spectacle and claustrophobia in certain sequences would have made for an even better experience. However the brief appearance of Screen One favourite Elisabeth Shue adds 100 stars.
Sinking Private Ryan.