Well telusboats, I watched it again last night, and I would have to agree with you. The story line is lame, to much emotion, and not enough storyline. Also, the underwater scenes just did not have enough smoke in them, to make them look underwater in the depths. ALL the actors uniforms were to new, to neat, to much like reenactors that have been hired who wear stuff, and have jeeps, and weapons all of which look to brand new. When you look at real WWII news footage, many of the uniforms look like-----well like they've been through a war. When you see something around your house that's well worn and tatterd, it's easay to say, hey, "that thing looks like it's been through a war". That's because things in war time get USED AND ABUSED alot.
I did notice that the WWII submariner that the movie is dedicated to has the same last name as the director. So, it was probably relatives who were trying to show repect for a father or grandfather, and I respect their effort, but from an entertainment standpoint, I thought the story line was lame. And who ever heard of a .45 auto pistol that quits working after only one round fired. That was weird.
Just thinking of things that seemed wrong while not having taken any notes while watching. I thought the footage and sound effects of the torpedoes leaving the tubes was done quite well.
There are a lot better submarine movies out there; that's for sure. I love, Run Silent, Run Deep, Destination Tokyo, and Submarine Seahawk, and Hell Below, Red October..........gp100man.